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Hinkley Point C to be a ‘wildlife killing machine’, say protesters

THE Stop Hinkley pressure group will be joining environmental groups in Bristol on the first day of the public enquiry into why EDF is refusing to use an Acoustic Fish Deterrent (AFD).

The demonstration will begin tomorrow (Tuesday, June 8), at 9.30am at The Square, Temple Quay House, Bristol BS1 6PN.

A spokesperson for Stop Hinkley said: “Without the AFD, EDF will be committing marine life genocide in the Severn Estuary.

“Three Olympic-sized swimming pools of Severn Estuary Water (approx. 8m litres) per minute will be sucked into the
cooling system of Hinkley Point C, killing the marine life for its 60 years of operation.

“The Environment Agency have insisted that to protect marine life, an Acoustic Fish Deterrent (AFD) is required with sonic deterrent speakers on the water in-take heads of the Hinkley Point C cooling water tunnels.

“But EDF is saying it won’t use the AFD – they don’t care about the billions of sea lives that will die during the operating of their
reactors.”

Allan Jeffery of Stop Hinkley added: “At a time when the world is panicking about the loss of biodiversity and the Prime Minister has pledged to protect 30% of UK land to biodiversity, it beggars belief that EDF is trying to get round planning conditions imposed by the Environment Agency.

“It is bad enough that EDF wants to saddle the UK with an out-dated, expensive, dangerous, non-renewable high carbon energy source, but now we learn that it is also going to be a wildlife killing machine.”

Stop Hinkley’s Briefing on EDF’s Appeal against the Environment Agency’s Deemed Refusal to allow a permit variation relating to the installation of an Acoustic Fish Deterrent at Hinkley Point C is available here:
https://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/AFD_Briefingv2.pdf

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