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Commencing with a Ministerial Address by Julie James MS, Minister for Climate Change, this important meeting launches a major engineering consultation into the safety of coal tips in Wales.
Wales’ long history in coal mining and associated industrial relics has meant tip safety requires continuing assessment. The presentation will begin with a high-level introduction by the Welsh Government’s Coal Tip Safety Task Force followed by a history of tipping in Wales, including the Aberfan disaster (1966) and resulting Tribunal Report. The Welsh Government will then provide an overview and update on the work of the Coal Tip Safety Task Force, established by the First Minister in response to the Tylorstown landslip in February 2020.
The Law Commission’s consultation paper on the reform of the law relating to coal tip safety in Wales was published on 9 June 2021. A three-month consultation period will follow. The project team will present their provisional proposals for a new regulatory framework. They will also highlight the consultation questions contained in the paper and invite responses.
Member of Expert Panel supporting Coal Tip Safety Task Force, Welsh Government and Development Director for Wales, Mott MacDonald
Paul is a Chartered and European Geologist, UK Registered Ground Engineering Advisor and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has spent his entire career in Wales working initially in the mining industry for the National Coal Board (British Coal) before moving into civil engineering with Mid Glamorgan County Council, Cambrian Geotechnical and Halcrow.
Paul is now Mott MacDonald’s multidisciplinary and multisector Development Director for Wales based in Cardiff and a member of the Expert Group supporting the Welsh Governments Coal Tip Safety Policy Task Force. The stability of colliery spoil tips came into lamentable focus in 1966 when the Aberfan Disaster resulted in the loss of 144 lives, 116 of them children. Paul led memorial events for both the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Geological Society of London marking the 50th anniversary of the disaster to highlight the lessons learned from the 1966 catastrophe and to keep them fresh in our minds.
Commissioner for the Public Law and Law of Wales team
Nicholas was appointed as Law Commissioner with responsibility for public law on 18 November 2013. On 19 July 2018 he was reappointed for a further five years. He was formerly a leading silk in EU and public law. He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Administrative Court, a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) and the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) and a Recorder in the Crown Court. He is also a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland.
The remaining members of the project team are: Henni Ouahes (Public Law team manager), Lisa Smith (project team lawyer), Poppy Jones (project team research assistant).
Head of the Coal Tip Safety Task Force, Welsh Government
Lori leads on all aspects of the programme including the policy and legislative review. Prior to working on coal tip safety, she developed policy and legislation on sustainable management of natural resources and climate change, led on environmental governance and delivering a large scale legislation programme in response to the UK’s exit from the EU.
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