Pressure from Plaid Cymru in the National Assembly has resulted in substantial changes to permits at Aberthaw Power Station.
The Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs Simon Thomas AM was delighted to discover that the pressure he and Plaid Cymru had put on the Welsh Government for changes at Aberthaw Power Station has resulted in real and substantial changes.
The Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales has persistently called on the UK Government, the Welsh Government and Natural Resource Wales for assurances about environmental protection after leaving the European Union.
Simon Thomas AM took the opportunity to ask another question on the issue in the Welsh Assembly chamber on Wednesday and was pleased to hear a positive response.
On 1 April, Natural Resources Wales concluded the Aberthaw environmental permit modification exercise, with the issue of a new environmental permit for Aberthaw. This new permit contains a lower nitrogen oxide emissions limit, in line with the judgment of the Court of Justice of the EU. Aberthaw must now comply with the new nitrogen oxide emissions limit.
The Shadow Spokesperson for Energy Simon Thomas AM stated:
“This is a victory for Plaid Cymru and for the local residents of Aberthaw who have been living under the constant and dangerous cloud of the power station.
“Pollution knows no borders and Aberthaw power station has been pumping out illegal emissions, despite the European court having found the UK Government was in contravention back in last September.
“This is a vital issue as we discuss leaving the EU and this is why Plaid Cymru’s victory at securing a Welsh Assembly EU Continuation Bill is vital for Wales.
“It has been proven that we cannot trust the UK Government to ensure the safety and cleanliness of our air in Wales therefore the Welsh Government and Natural Resource Wales must do everything to ensure carbon and nitrogen oxide emission limits are not reached.
“Once again, we’ve proved that Plaid Cymru is the only party that puts Wales and it’s people above all else.”