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January 07, 2021 - BBC News

UK: Whitehaven coal mine: Government refuses to call in plan

UK: Whitehaven coal mine: Government refuses to call in plan
Environmental activists protesting new coal mineCredit: Exctintion Rebellion

Plans for the UK's first deep coal mine in 30 years can progress after the government decided not to intervene.

Cumbria County Council approved the £165m West Cumbria Mining plan in Whitehaven in October.

The government could have called in the plans for an inquiry, but has chosen not to do so, the council said.

Citing environmental concerns, Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron said the decision was a "complete disaster for our children's future"

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