Law commission

Law Commission report on safety regulation of coal deposits in Wales a ‘milestone’

The independent body’s report, which was published last week, highlights significant shortcomings in existing legislation for the management, control and monitoring of disused landfills.

It made 36 recommendations for improvement – ​​including the creation of a new supervisory authority.

Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters, said:

The safety of the communities living in the shadow of these tips has always been our priority.

We provided financial support to enable local authorities to repair and maintain the slag heaps.

And we’ve dedicated a further £44.4 million over the next three years so this vital work can continue.

As part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to introduce legislation to improve coal depot security during this term of Senedd, Climate Change Minister Julie James will publish the Coal Depot Security White Paper ( Wales) in early May.

The deputy minister said this will be an opportunity to seek public input on these plans, which will provide a “coherent approach to managing, tracking and monitoring tips”.

There are almost 2,500 disused coal deposits across Wales – 327 of these are in the highest rated category and more are still being identified. With a high percentage of tips located on private land, data protection issues still need to be resolved before a full list of their locations can be made public.

In areas where there are higher rated tips, the information has already been shared with local authorities and local resilience forums to help create contingency plans.

The Welsh Government continues to fund the Coal Authority to carry out inspections in conjunction with local authorities and is working with partners, including the UK space industry, to test world-first technologies to provide ground motion information and water regimes.

The Welsh Government is also engaging with the research sector through the Wales Environmental Platform to gather the best possible evidence on how climate change could impact the long-term stability of The point.

Given the long-term challenges posed by climate change to coal dumps, the Welsh Government has reiterated its calls for the UK

The government will provide financial support for a rehabilitation and restoration program.

Mr. Waters, added:

The Welsh Government’s funding agreement does not reflect the disproportionate costs of tackling the UK’s coal legacy.

It is utterly unfair and, frankly, untenable for Westminster to continue to argue that Welsh communities bear these costs.