20 February 2021

Should Portishead be a dump site for EdF’s Hinkley C mud?

Is it safe? What will be its impact?

Battery Point, PortisheadWednesday 10th March, 8pm via Zoom

Public meeting - open to all

Speaker: Tim Deere-Jones, Marine Radioactivity Research & Consultancy 

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Background

EdF is building the new PWR nuclear generating site at Somerset’s Hinkley Point. To do so, it needs to dredge water from Bridgwater Bay to sink cooling water intake and outfall tunnels for the new reactors. They have applied to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for the use of the Portishead licensed disposal site (LU070).

Is this seabed sediment radioactively contaminated? And how should this mud be disposed of?

Public consultation now underway

Details of the MMO's consultation on their application for disposal at Portishead are available on their website and will be open for comment until 26th March. More information, including the full documentation of EDF’s Environmental Statement, can be found here. EdF made a presentation to Portishead Town Council on 20th January. It was the first item on the agenda and lasts about 20 minutes. This presentation can be viewed here.

Where is the Portishead dumping site?

LU070 is very close to the major estuary of the Avon which, of course, is tidal into the centre of Bristol. At low tide there will be a very wide expanse of intertidal sediment. Tim estimates that parts of the Portishead dump site are only about 150 metres from the shoreline. The location of the Portishead LU070 site is close to Battery Point and can be seen here on page 16.

Tim Deere-Jones

Tim’s briefing paper can be viewed here. Tim was educated at Cardiff University, Dept of Maritime Studies: (modular degree with a major focus on marine pollution). His research dissertation was titled: “Sea to Land Transfer of Marine Pollutants in Bristol Channel”. He has 30 years’ work experience and field/desk research. His client list includes most of UK and Europe’s major campaigning organisations including Greenpeace UK, Australia and International, FoE UK and Cymru, WWF UK, European Climate Foundation, KIMO, UK Nuclear Free Local Authorities & Citizens Campaigns in UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia and the U.S. He is a writer of an extensive portfolio of articles for Ecologist, BBC Wildlife Magazine and many more.

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