People of Wales deserve assurances over safety of nuclear mud dumping

Plans to dump mud from the Hinkley nuclear power station in seas off Cardiff have prompted a meeting between Plaid Cymru’s shadow environment minister Llyr Gruffydd and Natural Resources Wales.

The environmental body has regulatory powers over such dumping and Mr Gruffydd organised the meeting after discussions with campaigners from Geiger Bay who are concerned at the proposals.

Mr Gruffydd said: “The meeting has been a long time coming but I wanted to put questions that had been raised with me by Welsh environmentalists to NRW. As things stand there is no existing application for further dumping but there is an ongoing public consultation that is likely to report back before November.

“I have sought assurances that a full Environmental Impact Assessment would be undertaken prior to any further dumping off Cardiff as well as comprehensive and more detailed sampling. 

“The people of Wales need every assurance possible that any dumping of mud is safe for both people and marine life.

“Trust in our regulatory authorities is paramount and I will continue to push for the maximum transparency and openness in publicising all relevant documents, so that scientists and concerned communities can assess the situation for themselves.”

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