In or out that is the question
For Friends of the Earth the main focus is the impact of the EU on our national and global environment. In the 70’s and 80’s Britain was known as ‘the dirty man of Europe’ spewing out sulphur dioxide and dumping raw sewage into the sea. Some argue that we would have improved this anyway, but the reality is that EU directives forced the British Government to act. The Haven itself was designated as a SAC by the EU.
So what would happen if we leave?
Activists and local residents organised a camp and mass trespass to close the Ffos-y-Fran opencast coal mine near Merthyr recently. They are hoping that by drawing attention to the site, the Welsh Government is less likely to grant planning permission for the Nant Lesg extension, or that at least that the company will decide that security costs of guarding the extension from protesters make it commercially non-viable.
Please object to Egnedol's Environmental Impact Assessment for a biomass and waste gasifier. Responses must be in no later than 20th May
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Climate activist network Reclaim the Power today announced it will shut down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine – Ffos-y-fran, near Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales – at the start of May.
Egnedol are submitting a planning application for a 49.9 MW biomass plant which would burn, or rather gasify, around 400,000 tonnes of wood a year. Over time they want to scale the plant up seven-fold to 350 MW, larger than any dedicated biomass power plant in the world (although additional planning consent would be needed).
In a detailed briefing Biofuelwatch argue that Egnedol's proposal is a high risk, unproven technology for burning chemically treated waste wood and 'super-trees'