The scandal-ridden and law-breaking Welsh Labour Government is pulling out all the stops to defeat a motion in the Welsh Assembly tomorrow aimed at stopping the deliberate dumping – off Penarth – of 320,000 tons of potentially contaminated mud dredged from the Hinkley Point nuclear power site in Somerset.
The anti-mud motion has been tabled by Rhun ap Iorwerth (Plaid Cymru AM for Anglesey) and Darren Millar (Conservative AM for Clwyd West)
Their motion proposes that the Assembly notes the “widespread public concerns” about the mud dumping and calls for Natural Resources Wales to suspend the marine licence which allows the dumping to take place.
However now the Labour Party – determined at all costs to quash opposition and over-ride public protests about the mud-dumping – has arranged for their chief whip Julie James (Labour AM for Swansea West) to table an “amendment” which will castrate the Plaid/Conservative motion – and allow dumping to continue.
Patronisingly, Julie James’s motion suggests that the thousands of people who are protesting and complaining complaining about the mud dumping – and who signed a 7,000-signature protest petition – are ignorant thickos who are making a big fuss about nothing.
On her personal website, called “All About Julie”, Julie James declares – somehat surprisingly – that that she is a “committed green campaigner” and an “environmentalist” – and goes on to claim that she is also a “keen swimmer and skier”.
Ms James wants the Welsh Labour Government’s tame regulator to “carry out further public engagement to explain the process and evidence” to “reassure the public” – so that dumping off Penarth can continue.
Earlier this month lawyers conceded that the mud dumping is illegal because the firm doing it – the French energy company EDF which is building the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station – did not carry out the legally-required Environmental Impact Assessment for the dumping site – the Cardiff Grounds, a mile off-shore from Penarth.
The debate takes place in the Welsh Assembly tomorrow – and already campaigners are organising a mass protest outside the building.