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Comment: Metal mine water pollution in Wales

12 March 2024

Responding to media reports on the polluting impact of disused metal mines in Wales, Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP said:

“The information uncovered by the Financial Times about metal mine pollution in Welsh rivers is deeply concerning. Given the reported volumes of harmful metals being discharged from abandoned mines, there is an urgent need for transparency about the scale of the problem and especially the potential health impacts.

“Following the Committee’s work last year on water quality in Wales, the Welsh Affairs Committee will investigate the impact of metal mine pollution on human health, plans for remediation, the information available to the public, and whether existing regulations and standards are fit for purpose.

“The Committee has also published correspondence from Natural Resources Wales which includes information about their approach to remediating these sites.”

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