A coalmining site in south Wales is facing closure after the Welsh government used new powers to force it to halt on environmental grounds. More than 150 jobs at the Nant Helen opencast site near Neath are under threat after the Labour-led administration stepped in, arguing that keeping the coal in the ground was in the best interests of the people of Wales. The site’s operator, Celtic Energy, expressed shock at the decision. It said work at the site was due to cease next year and it was worried at the impact on the community and on the site of stopping production immediately.
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