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Legal challenge to Hinkley nuclear mud dumping off Cardiff

BBC, 10 September 2018,   Opponents to a controversial scheme to dump mud from a nuclear plant off the coast of Cardiff have launched a last-minute legal challenge.

About 300,000 tonnes will be dredged from the seabed near the Hinkley Point C building site in Somerset.

The Campaign Against Hinkley Mud Dumping submitted an application to the High Court in Cardiff on Monday seeking an interim injunction.

However, a barge made its first trip to dump mud on Monday evening.

Hundreds so far have protested against the plan.

Campaigners have argued Natural Resources Wales (NRW) failed to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment and said core samples were insufficient under international rules and did not cover all significant radioactive substances from the Hinkley plant.

Super Furry Animals keyboard player Cian Ciaran, who submitted the legal challenge, said: “I have one simple argument – absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence, therefore, the precautionary principle should dictate a re-think.”

Developer EDF began moving mud and sediment to Cardiff Grounds, a licensed disposal site a mile out to sea off Cardiff Bay, on Monday evening.

The barge, called the Sloeber, spent about half an hour off the coast of Cardiff before heading back down the Bristol Channel to Hinkley……….https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45467461

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September 12, 2018 - Posted by | Legal, UK

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