Ynys Môn MP meets celebrity campaigner Joanna Lumley to discuss Sea Blasts issue

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has welcomed new government proposals to limit the damage to marine life when dealing with unexploded munitions after she met with celebrity Joanna Lumley to highlight the issue.

Virginia spoke with the TV star during a Stop Sea Blasts event in Westminster yesterday.

There are over 100,000 tonnes of unexploded ordnance (UXO) scattered in waters around the UK as a legacy of war.

Due to the construction of offshore wind farms, these bombs and mines must now be cleared.

However, campaigners are concerned the current method of disposing of the munitions via detonation is hugely damaging to the marine environment.

To address the issue the Government today issued new recommendations on the disposal of UXOs.

These include the prioritising of low noise alternatives to detonations when developing protocols to clear UXOs and a detailed impact assessment and mitigation plan to be submitted as part of any licence application.

“As an island our marine environment is incredibly important to us all and anything that is harming it must be looked at very carefully and improved,” said Virginia.

“I have been very concerned about the way these munitions are being dealt with as we build new offshore wind capacity and I very much welcome the Government’s action on this.

“Joanna and I feel passionately about this issue. It was good to speak to her about it and I thank her and my colleague Dr Lisa Cameron for highlighting it.”

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