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Hinkley Point C sediment sample plan approved

Natural Resources Wales has approved EDF Energy’s plan to sample and test marine sediment from the Bristol Channel before any future licence application for its disposal in Wales.

The source of the sediment is the Somerset foreshore in England, part of the construction site of the Hinkley Point C power station.

EDF Energy will need to collect sediment samples in accordance with the approved plan and test them for chemical and radiological material, before applying for a marine licence to dispose of the dredged material.

Michael Evans, Head of Operations South Wales Central said:

“It’s our job to make sure activities in the Severn Estuary don’t harm this important marine environment.

“EDF has taken on board the recommendations within our pre-application advice back in June 2020, and we’re now satisfied that the sample plan meets the requirements of internationally agreed guidance and sampling procedures.

“Should we receive a marine licence application and results of the sediment testing, we will thoroughly assess the information and seek expert advice in the process.

“We only grant marine licences for disposal of dredged material at sea if we’re confident the proposed activity will not harm people or the environment.”

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Natural Resources Wales what is this all about can you explain?

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