• phurnacite plant at Abercwmboi
  • Three hundred men who worked at the Phurnacite plant at Abercwmboi near Mountain Ash have begun legal action in a fight for compensation.
  • The men said making the fuel at the Phurnacite plant at Abercwmboi, Rhondda Cynon Taf, left them with lung cancer and respiratory disease.
  • The men said making the fuel at the Phurnacite plant at Abercwmboi, Rhondda Cynon Taf, left them with lung cancer and respiratory disease.

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Coal was turned into smokeless fuel at the Phurnacite plant in Abercwmboi up until the end of the 1980s. The plant produced briquettes from the waste steam coal that was too small to sell. The waste was crushed, dried and mixed with pitch and subjected to a heating process to remove most of the smoke content. But since the factory closed, those who worked there claim they've contracted various cancers and respiratory diseases.

Coal was turned into smokeless fuel at the Phurnacite plant in Abercwmboi up until the end of the 1980s. The plant produced briquettes from the waste steam coal that was too small to sell. The waste was crushed, dried and mixed with pitch and subjected to a heating process to remove most of the smoke content. But since the factory closed, those who worked there claim they've contracted various cancers and respiratory diseases.

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The phurnacite plant at Abercwmboi, near Aberdare, made smokeless fuel, but the process produced a cocktail of chemicals which polluted the surrounding environment.