In brief: Plans to reopen opencast mine go to public inquiry

Plans to reopen the biggest opencast mine in western Europe will be subject to a public inquiry next week. The 12-day inquiry will discuss an application by Miller Argent to reopen the Ffos-y-Fran mine in Merthyr Tydfil, south Wales. Despite the developer's offer of a package of community benefits to Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, the scheme faces strong opposition from the Merthyr Tydfil Anti-Opencast Alliance.

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