We asked Rio Tinto whether workers were given enough notice that the plant was under threat.John McCabe from Rio Tinto, Regional Economic Development Director, said: "We made the entire workforce aware as quickly as we could after the strategic review."
"We also extended the statutory consultation period as well.""We had to avoid the Carbon tax that comes in 2013. The plant was already marginal."
More top news
The Government has refused to allow planing permission for an opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay in Northumberland.
Hartlepool Borough Council has agreed to temporarily loan Hartlepool United £77,500 to help the club during current financial difficulties.
To date, the charity has raised twelve million pounds for vital research into the disease which effects around 2.5 million people in the UK