Neil McEvoy AM has called for a licence issued by the Welsh Government to be revoked after it emerged no Environmental Impact Assessment had been carried out by the Welsh environment watchdog.
The licence allows material dredged from the shores of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station to be dumped in Welsh waters, just off Cardiff. The material is being dredged to make way for the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor, to be built by the Chinese Government.
The licence allows for up to 300,000 cubic meters of sediment from Bridgewater Bay to be dumped at the Cardiff Grounds marine dump site.
It is understood the licence application was passed to Natural Resources Wales, the environment watchdog, by the Labour Welsh Government on “vesting day”, the day when Natural Resources Wales was set up.
That means Natural Resources Wales had minimal input into granting the licence. The Welsh Government had already decided that no Environmental Impact Assessment was needed.
Neil McEvoy AM said:
“We have a person who calls herself the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment but the Labour government has issued a licence to let material be dredged outside the Hinkley Point nuclear reactor to then be dumped in Welsh waters just outside Cardiff.
“What’s worse is that an Environmental Impact Assessment was not carried out by Wales’ environmental watchdog.
“No dose of radiation is acceptable for human health so it beggars belief that the Welsh Government would allow material from a nuclear site to be dumped in Welsh waters.
This is completely unnecessary risk? The Cabinet Secretary now needs to revoke the dumping licence until a full and proper study of the potentially radioactive material has been carried out by Natural Resources Wales?”