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Hinkley Point sediment plans approved despite concerns

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NATURAL RESOURCES WALES (NRW) have approved the monitoring plan for the dredging of sediment from a nuclear power plant site and its disposal in Cardiff Bay.

The Hinkley Point C building site in Somerset needs roughly 300,000 tonnes of sediment dredged, with plans to dispose of this a mile out of Cardiff Bay.

However, there have been protests as many believe the sediment could be contaminated with the nuclear waste from the old Hinkley nuclear stations. Many have also criticised what is deemed inadequate testing and samples, as well as fearing the effect of sea currents, moving the waste once it has been disposed of.

EDF, the developers of the site, were granted a marine licence in 2014 to dump the sediment, yet in response a campaign was launched, resulting in a 7,000-strong petition being handed to the Welsh Government.

The petition called for the licence to be suspended to allow for a full Environmental Impact Assessment, complete radiological analysis and core sampling to be carried out.

In response, the developers have suggested that even if a person were to spend four hours each day on the shores of Cardiff Bay, inhaling sediment and eating locally sourced fish, 90% of the radiation received would be naturally occurring.

A report by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science claims that the impact of radioactivity on people would equivalent to eating 20 bananas each year (which are rich in potassium-40), or 50 times less than the average dose received by a resident of Pembrokeshire, due to the county’s relatively high Radon levels.

Neil McEvoy, Independent AM for South Wales Central, fears the sediment could contain radioactive waste, saying: “I have major concerns about safety. This mud will be washed all around the Welsh coast, so we should thoroughly test the mud.”

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Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply

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A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.

Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.

Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.

English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.

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Mark Drakeford named next First Minister

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THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).

Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.

The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.

Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.

In the first round of voting, the results were:

Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%

Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:

Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%

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Met Office issue yellow weather warning for Friday morning

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THE MET OFFICE has warned of strong winds and heavy rain across South and West Wales as they have issued a yellow weather warning for rain on Friday (Dec 7).

Between 1am and 9am, spells of rain, heavy at times and accompanied by windy weather, are likely to produce 20-40mm of rain.

Coming after some recent wet weather, this rain is likely to lead to some temporary flooding impacts before the rain clears early Friday morning.

The Met Office are warning people that flooding of a few homes and business is likely, bus and train services, as well as roads, will probably be affected, with journey times taking longer.

Natural Resources Wales also has a flood alert in place in Pembrokeshire. Due to restrictions at the tidal outfall, river levels in the River Ritec in the Salterns area of Tenby are likely to remain high for a number of days.

River levels are rising slightly as each high tide arrives. The combination of ground conditions, existing river levels and forecast rainfall quantities gives a high risk of flooding of low-lying land during the next couple of days.

This comes a week after Yellow Weather Warnings were issued across Wales as Storm Diana brought extreme winds and heavy rain to the country.

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