Petition against dumping ‘nuclear mud’ off Cardiff reaches 5k threshold for Senedd debate

Construction of new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. Photo by Nick Chipchase and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

A petition to stop the dumping of what campaigners are calling ‘nuclear mud’ off the coast of Cardiff has reached its 5,000 signature target.

The campaigners are calling for plans to dump mud from the construction of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station into the sea off Cardiff Bay to be halted.

Reaching the 5,000 target means the controversial topic will be up for a debate in the Welsh Parliament.

Campaign group Geiger Bay are pressing for extensive testing of the sediment following what they say is evidence of plutonium contamination, a claim that Westminster’s Environment Agency (EA) denies.

The petition, created by Cian Ciaran of the Super Furry Animals, demands “that a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is carried out before any further sediment from Hinkley Point nuclear power station can be dumped”.

780,000 tonnes of the sediment from set to be dumped just one mile from Wales’ capital city.

 

‘Concerned’

Speaking this morning, Welsh National Party leader and Cardiff West Senedd candidate Neil McEvoy MS said, who has been a prominent voice in the campaign, said that “Wales is standing up for itself”.

“How can we allow 780,000 tonnes of material dredged from outside a nuclear power station to be dumped in our waters without testing it properly?” he said.

“The Labour Government and Natural Resources Wales have a lot to answer for.

“The public are concerned about this issue. Environmentalists are outraged. Eminent scientists are on record saying they are seriously concerned. The only people who don’t seem to be bothered about this are the Labour politicians sitting in Cardiff Bay.

“This is first and foremost about the safety of our people and of our marine environment. It is also about how Wales is treated as a nation.”

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