178 million tonnes of fish could be sucked into new power station, study shows

by Dominic Garnett |
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A study has shown that 178 million tonnes of fish could be sucked into the pipes every year at Britain’s new nuclear power station.

EDF Hinkley Point C will draw 120,000 litres of water per second from the Bristol Channel to cool its reactor, but an Environment Agency study has shown that, in doing so, endangered species such as salmon, eels and shad will be lost, not to mention a host of sea species.

Dylan Roberts, Head of Fisheries at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is calling for an assessment of salmon smolt populations in the area.

“How can EDF say the environmental risks are minimal? This isn’t just about salmon. It’s about conserving wider biodiversity against a massive state project that’s putting two fingers up to the environment,” he said.


Hinkley Point C - Simon Lancastle
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