Hink­ley mud fears are not ‘scare­mon­ger­ing’

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LABOUR AM Les­ley Grif­fiths has the au­dac­ity to ac­cuse cam­paign­ers op­posed to the dump­ing of in­ad­e­quately tested ra­dioac­tive mud from Hink­ley on the Welsh coast­line of “scare­mon­ger­ing” and spread­ing “lies”.

Plaid Cymru AM Rhun ap Ior­w­erth sub­mit­ted the mo­tion at the As­sem­bly on Wednesday, Oc­to­ber 10, call­ing for the Welsh As­sem­bly to “pub­lish more de­tailed ev­i­dence in re­sponse to con­cerns re­gard­ing risks to pub­lic health and the en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing al­low­ing for fur­ther test­ing in or­der to pro­vide greater trans­parency” and in the mean­time “in­struct Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales to sus­pend the marine li­cence that en­ables the dis­posal ac­tiv­ity”.

Plaid Cymru AM Llyr Gruffydd quite rea­son­ably asked that the As­sem­bly take the pre­cau­tion­ary prin­ci­ple on this is­sue.

An­drew RT Davies, Con­ser­va­tive AM, also voted for the mo­tion.

Pro­fes­sor Keith Barnham, of Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don, has ex­pressed con­cerns that the mud has not been ad­e­quately tested and that there might be the pos­si­bil­ity of ura­nium and plu­to­nium en­ter­ing the en­vi­ron­ment via Hink­ley’s cool­ing sys­tem.

Dr Richard Bramhall’s let­ter to Na­tional Re­sources Wales raised con­cerns that “the tests did not as­sess whether ura­nium, plu­to­nium and other al­pha-emit­ting el­e­ments were present in minute “par­tic­u­late form”.

So Les­ley Grif­fiths is happy to ig­nore two nu­clear ex­perts and refuse to em­ploy the pre­cau­tion­ary prin­ci­ple, refuse to sus­pend the dump­ing li­cence, refuse an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment and refuse to re­quest fur­ther thor­ough test­ing of the mud.

The Labour Party is rid­ing roughshod over the health and well-be­ing of the peo­ple, not only of Cardiff and Pe­narth, but of all along the Welsh coast as tides move the mud around. It beg­gars be­lief.

> Bwlch wind farm. Pic­ture tak­enThis photo is from our Flickr group Post­cards from Wales. Join and share your pho­tos here www.waleson­line.co.uk/flickr/ by Emma Wood­house

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