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Commission's comments 'being considered'

Natural Resources Wales says the European Commission's actions are the next step in a process that has been ongoing for more than 12 months.

We have been expecting the commission's latest opinion on these matters. We will now fully consider these in order to submit evidence and advice to the Welsh and UK Governments to help with their responses.

– Ceri Davies, Natural Resources Wales

Power station 'damaging surrounding ecosystem'

Pembroke Power Station is Europe's largest gas-fired power station Credit: ITV News

Pembroke Power Station is breaching environmental quality standards, according to the European Commission.

It says the plant's cooling system has 'a damaging impact on the surrounding ecosystem' and that development consent for the site was given before full environmental assessments were completed.

The commission states that warm water returned from the plant to the Milford Haven waterway - a Marine Special Area of Conservation, protected under EU law - has a heavy biocide load, which affects smaller fish, their eggs and other organisms.

The UK Government has two months to respond and if no action is taken, the EU could start court proceedings and ultimately impose fines.

Judicial review into hospital shake-up plans

A number of protests have been held this year over changes to healthcare services across Wales Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

A judicial review gets underway today into a decision to downgrade A&E services at the Prince Phillip Hospital in Llanelli.

It comes after campaigners called on the High Court in Cardiff to look into how the decision was made.

The decision to close the neonatal unit at Withybush Hospital in Pembrokeshire will also be reviewed.

Hywel Dda Health Board's decision to restructure specialist neonatal care earlier this year, led to protests.

Local people say they're concerned that premature babies would have to leave the county and travel to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.

Read more: Shake-up for specialist neonatal services in West Wales


Lifeguards return to more beaches

Broad Haven basks in the sunshine. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

As the fine weather continues RNLI lifeguards are returning to some of Wales' most popular beaches in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.

They will be on duty, in partnership with Pembrokeshire County Council, at Poppit Sands, Newport, Broad Haven, Newgale south, Saundersfoot, Tenby north, Tenby Castle and Freshwater west beach for the summer season.

Further north in Ceredigion, the charity's lifeguards will be ready at their posts at Aberporth, Tresaith and Aberystwyth North as they continue to work alongside Ceredigion County Council in the seasonal service.

Education Minister welcomes local authority progress

Education Minister Huw Lewis has welcomed the news that education services in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey have been brought out of special measures, while Powys has also been judged to have made progress.

I’m pleased to see that two local authorities have come out of special measures today and one out of significant improvement.

They’ve made positive progress and have improved, but they all must now work hard to ensure their improvements are sustainable to provide the best education possible for young people in their areas.

We’ve put in place an ambitious agenda to raise standards and performance across the board here in Wales – we owe our learners nothing less than the best.

– Huw Lewis, Education Minister

Education 'improvements' in Pembrokeshire & Anglesey

Education services in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey have come out of special measures, after follow-up inspections by the education watchdog Estyn found they had made improvements in how they run their schools.

Pembrokeshire Council has been criticised over its safeguarding of children, but Estyn judged it to have made 'excellent progress' in that area, part of 'sufficient progress' generally.

It said: "'Since October 2012 the authority has made excellent progress to transform arrangements for safeguarding in all its education services and schools."

Council leader James Adams welcomed the news as a significant milestone for the authority.

There are four remaining local education authorities in special measures. Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire

On Anglesey, the watchdog says, since an inspection in May 2012, "significant change and improvement have taken place over a comparatively short period, within the schools service and corporately."

Estyn has also released a report on the local education authority in Powys today, which was not in special measures but had been labelled as 'in need of significant improvement'.

After follow-up monitoring, it has been judged to have made 'sufficient progress', through significant changes, a collaboration with Ceredigion, and improved transparency.

There are now four remaining local education authorities in special measures: Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire and Torfaen.

The status is used by Estyn when it considers schools fail to supply an acceptable level of education, and appear to lack the ability to approve.

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