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Fight the plans for new 6 million tonne Welsh coal mine
June 15, 2015
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Alyson-AustinThe decision on Miller Argent’s application to mine coal from Nant Llesg, Rhymney Valley, near Merthyr Tydfil is to be made on the 24th June 2015.

The company already operates the nearby and highly controversial Ffos-y-Fran mine. Not sure what the impacts for local people living in the shadow of mines is? Check out Alyson’s story here.

Want to help stop the mine? Sign the Friends of the Earth Petition against it here.

It is likely that, where the mine given the go ahead, it would supply Aberthaw power station. Which is the 23rd dirtiest coal fired power station in Europe, by quantity of CO2 released [1] and currently breaking EU air quality standards by releasing nitrogen dioxide limits that were more than twice the legal limit.[2] For this the UK government is being taken to the EU court.

In the UK alone, toxic fumes emitted by Britain’s coal plants are the cause of 1600 premature deaths and an estimated £2.7 billion worth of respiratory health problems a year. [2]

It’s time to move away from destructive fuels sources. Stop the Nant Llesg mine.

 

[1]1. Europe’s Dirty 30: How the EU’s coal-fired power plants are undermining its climate efforts: http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/dirty_30_report_finale.pdf.

[2]Pollution Solutions, ‘Why Is the UK Facing Court for Breaching Emissions Limits?’ http://www.pollutionsolutions-online.com/news/air-clean-up/16/breaking_news/why_is_the_uk_facing_court_for_breaching_emissions_limits/34424/#sthash.fm5ZoaPB.dpuf