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HPC gets the go-ahead for dredging work

HINKLEY Point C has been given permission for dredging and disposal of mud at the Portishead licensed disposal site by the Marine Management Organisation.

Work is due to begin shortly on the scheme which is part of the programme to install a cooling water system for the new nuclear power station.

A spokesperson for HPC said: “There will be two phases of dredging and disposal as part of this next stage in marine construction; the first will begin this summer, with the remaining dredging being completed in 2022.

“We will now consider the next steps with respect to our application for the use of the Cardiff Grounds disposal site.

Beyond best practice

For this phase of dredging the Government’s marine science experts at Cefas have conducted testing that went above and beyond internationally recognised best practice, with more samples at greater depth and with a greater range of analysis.

“The results confirmed previous analysis that the mud is perfectly safe for disposal at sea and poses no risk to humans or the environment.

“The results also confirmed that the low levels of radioactivity in the mud is predominantly naturally occurring – as found up and down the Severn Estuary, as well as around the coast of Britain.

“The additional artificial radioactivity from a range of human activities is very low. An independent report commissioned by the Welsh Government also found that the mud would be deemed suitable for disposal at sea.”

More information is available at: Dredging mud in the Bristol Channel | Hinkley Point C | EDF (edfenergy.com)

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