UK coal power station in breach of EU air pollution law

DEFRA and the Welsh government are likely to have to pay the European Commission's legal costs for breaching air pollution rules at Aberthaw power station

Aberthaw power station in the Vale of Glamorgan. (photograph: Mick Lobb/CC BY SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)The UK breached EU law by allowing a coal-fired power station to emit too much air pollution, the Court of Justice (CJEU) has said.

In a reasoned opinion, published on 28 June, the CJEU said the UK's defence of how it regulated Aberthaw power station did not stack up and it should be forced to pay legal costs.

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