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Agenda Item No 4

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee: 9th November 2017

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Disposal of Dredged Material Associated with the Construction of Hinkley Point C Power Station

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To update Members of the issues relating to the dredging and disposal of material in association with construction activity at Hinkley Point and to receive a presentation from representatives of EDF Energy.

Recommendations

  1. That the content of the report is noted.
  2. That Members consider the presentation from EDF Energy representatives and discuss and consider the issue as appropriate.

Reasons for the Recommendations

  1. The report provides an update since the matter was previously considered by Cabinet and the Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee.

Background

  1. Full details relating to the issue of dredging and disposal of material from the construction of Hinkley Point C Power Station is as set out in the report presented to Cabinet on 9th October 2017 and considered by Scrutiny on 12th October 2017. At that meeting, Members received a presentation from Mr. Tim Deere-Jones and also present to answer questions was Mr. John Wheadon of Natural Resources Wales (NRW).
  2. Further to the consideration by Cabinet, the Leader of the Council has corresponded with the Leaders of Newport, Monmouthshire and Cardiff Councils, the Chief Executive of NRW and the Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs. In addition, a meeting was convened at the request of representatives of EDF Energy and this was attended by the Leader and the Managing Director. Having written to the Minister, the initial response (attached at Appendix A) sets out reasons why she felt that a meeting was not appropriate. Notwithstanding this letter, the Leader and the Leader of Cardiff Council are scheduled to meet with the Minister on 8th November. Feedback from that meeting will be reported to the Scrutiny Committee. Furthermore, the response of NRW to the correspondence issued by the Leader is attached at Appendix B.
  3. At the last meeting of the Committee, it was reported that NRW would provide the Committee with the scale of sampling that had been agreed. This information was forwarded to all Members of the Committee by e-mail on 24th October, 2017.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. The relevant issues and options are as set out in the earlier report to Cabinet and are therefore not repeated here.
  2. The representatives from EDF Energy who will be in attendance at the meeting are as follows:

- Chris Fayers, Head of Environment New Build Programme

- Peter Bryant, Decommissioning Specialist and Radioactive Waste Advisor

- Dr. Stephen Roast, Marine Technical Specialist.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. In this regard, the Leader is already in communications with Leaders, given the significant public interest. Officer time associated with consideration of this matter will be funded by existing budgets.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. The radiological assessment undertaken by CEFAS and the Regulatory concluded that the dumping of materials dredged during the construction of Hinkley Point C was acceptable from a radiological standpoint.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. The Marine Licence 12/45/ML was granted under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and the Regulator is NRW.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. Consideration of this matter links to the Corporate Well-being Outcome of an Environmentally Responsible and Prosperous Vale.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This report is a matter for Executive decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. No Ward Member consultation has taken place as this is very much a Vale of Glamorgan wide issue.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Environment and Regeneration.

Background Papers

Report to Cabinet: 9th October, 2017

Contact Officer

Karen Bowen, Democratic and Scrutiny Services Officer, Tel: 01446 709856

Officers Consulted

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Managing Director

 

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