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Hunter community to fix Government failure on coal dust report

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 15 Jul 2013

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated the decision of a local community group to fund an investigation of Hunter Valley coal train dust, as a report on the same topic commissioned by the federal government had been compromised.

“Coal Terminal Action Group has taken action to ensure the community have access to objective data about the level of coal dust they are regularly exposed to,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Public health should never be compromised but it appears that has happened with successive state and federal governments putting the interests of the coal industry before the health of Hunter communities.

“Labor and Coalition governments have blocked attempts to study the health impacts of coal dust in the Hunter.

“The latest incident, where conclusions in a Hunter coal dust study commissioned by the Australian Rail Track Corporation were altered the day before the report was released, highlights the need for an independent scientific study.

“The public still have not been informed about why the report was altered.

“Labor and the Coalition parties voted together in the Senate to block a Greens motion to produce all the documents and correspondence related to the doctored ARTC report.

“Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, who oversees ARTC, continues to avoid this issue. His silence and refusal to release documents raises the question of what is being hidden from the public,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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