Hinkley mud fears are not ‘scaremongering’
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.
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