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The Aarhus Convention

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Betty Condron believes that the respiratory illnesses she is suffering from are directly attributable to the nearby Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine.

She is one of the first people in the world to bring a case against the UK Government under the little known Aarhus Convention.

The Government is a signatory to this international convention, which guarantees access to justice in environmental matters. According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe “the Convention goes to the heart of the relationship between people and governments. The Convention is not only an environmental agreement, it is also a Convention about government accountability, transparency and responsiveness”.

Sulphur ore from the mine colours the water in Betty’s bird bath. She is concerned about the effect sulphur ore in the air around Merthyr is having on people’s health.