Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage

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Glyn Rhonwy Pumped Storage

Received 10 January 2016
From Lowri Roberts

Representation

REGULATION: Mitigation of environmental and other risks associated with the scheme will depend on effective monitoring and regulation. Assurance is sought that regulation and enforcement, particularly by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) will be effective. Why is a Development Consent Order is being sought before necessary discharge permissions are granted by NRW?
CONSULTATION: The Developer’s consultation efforts have seemed more like a public relations exercise not a consultation with two way exchange of views. Elected representatives at local and national level have failed to engage with critics of the scheme. The consultation process has been inadequate.
MUNITIONS: Previously classified information has now been released in the Developer’s documentation about known and unknown ordnance remaining on site. A level of uncertainty about UXO, including chemical weapons has arisen which needs clarification in regard to risk to public health, safety and the environment.
WATER MONITORING: Large volumes of water will be discharged from the quarries in both constructional and operational phases and could carry harmful chemicals. This could have a profound effect on downstream water catchment areas. Proposals for monitoring and controlling this discharge are inadequate
GRID CONNECTION: The Developer gives assurances that the connection to the national grid will be underground, but there is no legal obligation. Financial and technical considerations could result in pylons being used. There should be a legal obligation to make the connection underground
RECREATIONAL: Llanberis area is very popular for outdoor recreation, including fishing and watersports for local people and visitors. Any degradation of the environment arising from this scheme, particularly water quality for swimming or fishing, could have a negative effect on this important part of the local economy.
EMPLOYMENT: The Developer’s documentation suggests 78 -118 local jobs during construction and possibly as few as 20 operational jobs may result from the scheme. This is at odds with larger numbers being circulated.
CONSIDERATION OF ALTERNATIVES: The Environmental Statement does not adequately consider the alternative of doing nothing, or of simply enlarging the similar but much larger scheme just across the valley at Dinorwig with far less risk to the local environment.
FLOOD RISK: Risks due to flooding are not considered adequately with regard to residents directly in the flowpath.