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Protestors meet former Japanese prime minister

Credit: ITV News/Ian Lang

Protestors against the Wylfa Newydd power station have met with the former Prime Minister of Japan this morning.

Naoto Kan is in Llangefni to meet councillors and attend a public meeting about the nuclear plant. Protestors hope his visit will help highlight their campaign to stop the new plant being built on the island.

Nuclear plant on Anglesey will be 'delivered safely'

The company behind plans to build a nuclear power plant on Anglesey has said it will be "delivered safely".

Horizon Nuclear Power has sent an open letter to the former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who's on Anglesey campaigning to stop the plans.

In the letter, CEO at Horizon Alan Raymant, highlighted the safety record of the nuclear industry in the UK and globally. He also said nuclear power has played a key role in Anglesey’s recent history.

Mr Raymant also said an incident like that of Fukushima is not possible as there is no risk of a Tsunami on the island.

Naoto Kan was prime minister of Japan at the time of the Fukushima accident, which resulted in large radiation leaks.

It led to his resignation and he's since campaigned against nuclear power.

A repeat on Anglesey of the natural conditions that led to the Fukushima accident is not a credible possibility due to the absence of major seismic or tsunami risk. But we, and the UK regulators, are taking valuable lessons from that event to enhance safety even further.

We are privileged to enjoy support from Governments and elected representatives in Anglesey and in Wales more widely, from the local community and from the future workforce. But we are in no doubt that this support relies on clearly demonstrating that safety and security are at the core of what we do. We will not flinch from honest debate about nuclear power, but we remain determined to deliver Wylfa Newydd safely and to the benefit of the community.

– Alan Raymant, CEO Horizon Nuclear Power

Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. It was bought by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.

The company is developing plans to build at least 5,400MW of new nuclear power generation plant at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey.

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Consultation begins on how to spend devolved landfill tax

A consultation is to begin on how the Welsh Government should use funds generated by a new landfill tax.

It will allow Wales to design and shape the new 'Landfill Disposals Tax' to reflect Welsh priorities and needs.

Its estimated Wales generates around £50m from landfill tax Credit: PA

Community projects are expected to be one area to benefit from the new tax.

This would be similar to the The Landfill Communities Fund, which is a tax credit scheme enabling operators of landfill sites to contribute money to organisations who are enrolled.

The Landfill Disposals Tax will replace the UK Landfill Tax in Wales from April 2018.

The tax would cover the following areas:

  • Tax Rates and Taxable Disposals
  • Compliance and Enforcement
  • Administration and Community Wellbeing
The Landfill Disposals Tax will replace the UK Landfill Tax in Wales from April 2018 Credit: PA

The current Landfill Tax is a significant driver of environmental behaviour, encouraging greater prevention, re-use, recycling and recovery of waste. Its devolution therefore provides us with a useful additional lever to support Welsh Government policies, including the pursuit of our ambitious goal of zero waste.

An important aspect of the tax development work covers compliance. I want to ensure that all those who have waste to dispose of comply with the tax fully and properly. Avoidance and evasion deprive our valued public services. It also gives tax evaders an unfair advantage over those law-abiding businesses and individuals who pay their fair share. This is unacceptable and we will consider all the available tools to deter and take action against those who are seeking to avoid or evade tax.

Landfill Disposals Tax will affect a broad range of interests - businesses, regulators, communities and the Third Sector. That is why we want to hear a wide range of views to help us design and ensure that this tax works well for Wales.

– Jane Hutt, Minister for Finance and Government Business

Hundreds of tonnes of stone and heather to be airlifted to restore Black Mountains landscape

Airlift near Offa's Dyke in January Credit: Simon Powell

An operation will begin today to airlift hundreds of tonnes of heather and crushed stone to the top of the highest hill in the Black Mountains - Waun Fach.

The material will be used to restore a damaged peat bog and a popular walking route.

January 2015 Credit: Chas Breton

The airlift kicks off the first phase of a collaboration between the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Natural Resources Wales. the Glanusk Estate and the Black Mountains Graziers Association.

It aims to improve biodiversity.

An airlift in January near Offa's Duke Credit: Chas Breton

£200,000 has been awarded to the project by the Welsh Government.

It is very important that people can enjoy their walks and take in the wonderful views without damaging the magical place they’re walking in. Thanks to the Welsh Government’s Nature Fund, we now have the opportunity to provide a high quality path that offers good walking, fantastic views and keeps the rich biodiversity of the area safe for future generations to enjoy.

– Margaret Underwood, Member Champion for biodiversity
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