Yes, you read that right -- EDF Energy is planning to dump 300,000 tonnes of mud contaminated by waste from nuclear power plants into the sea off Cardiff Bay.
In preparation for the brand new Hinkley Point C power station, EDF Energy is planning on dredging mud from the now abandoned sites at Hinkley Point A and B and dumping it off the bay.
Multiple studies have shown that waste dumped into water like this can transfer to the land via coastal flooding and sea spray -- but Welsh ministers have already approved the plan.
We can’t let big corporations get away with polluting our waters to cut costs -- it’s up to us to fight back.
Tell Welsh Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths to stop EDF’s toxic dump!
Marine pollution and radioactivity expert Tim Deere-Jones says the waste has not been sufficiently tested for toxic elements.
There are 50 different harmful radionuclides, but testing only took place for three of these.
What's more, only surface samples were taken -- meaning that the actual radioactivity of the waste could be five times higher than claimed.
"Rather than being relatively stable at the Hinkley site it is being churned up and brought over here to be dumped", said Deere-Jones. "Radioactive and non-radioactive pollutants will inevitably enter inshore waters and coastal environments.”
So far, no date has yet been set for the plans -- so it's vital that we act now and put a stop to it while we still can. Our politicians and ministers should be putting the public’s health before EDF’s profits.
Lesley Griffiths -- don't let Cardiff Bay become a nuclear waste dump!
When we’ve come together to take a stand against corporations wrecking our environment before, we’ve been able to stop similar environmental disasters. In Australia, SumOfUs members helped stop Westpac bank from funding a reef-wrecking coal mine, preserving the local environment for future generations. Now, we need to do the same in the UK.
Let’s show EDF that we won’t stay silent while it pollutes our water.