A coal-burning power station in Wales repeatedly violated pollution controls for nitrogen oxide emissions, the European court of justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg has ruled. It ordered the UK to pay the European commission’s legal costs after ruling that Aberthaw power station, near Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, should not have been allowed to exceed specially negotiated pollution limits. The decision prompted calls from Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth for the power station to be shut permanently on health grounds. The government had argued that the plant, which opened in 1971, was continuing to make investments to bring down the amount of nitrogen oxide it put into the atmosphere. The ECJ, however, ruled a higher emissions threshold the government had granted to Aberthaw should not have been allowed because of the quality of “low-volatile” opencast Welsh coal being burned.
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