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Government’s decision to lift brown coal mining limits at Bílina gets mixed reactions

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After years of deliberations, the Czech government on Monday voted in favour of lifting brown coal mining limits in the Bílina pit in northern Bohemia, where there are over 100 million tons of coal still in the ground. Although extended mining will not require the demolition of nearby villages, the locals are worried it will have a negative impact on their living conditions and may set a dangerous precedent.

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