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Hunter community to fix Government failure on coal dust report

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.

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Labor should not use dodgy ARTC coal dust study to belittle health concerns

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has warned the Labor government against using a deficient ARTC study released today to shirk its responsibility to carefully consider the health impacts of coal dust.

"The ARTC report is compromised by methodological shortcomings, has not been independently reviewed and fails to consider the cumulative health impacts of dust from coal stockpiles, mining and road and rail transport," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Shelving T4 coal port is a win for public health, climate change

The Greens today have welcomed reports that Port Waratah Coal Services has delayed Newcastle's proposed forth coal terminal T4, calling it a testament to the strength and tenacity of the local community campaign. They are calling on Port Waratah Coal to withdraw the T4 application.

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said "Shelving T4 is great news for people concerned about coal dust up and down the Hunter coal chain and a step towards reining in carbon emissions to safeguard our climate.

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Motion: Coal train particulate matter

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:33): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) a spokesperson for the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport was quoted on 16 March 2013 as saying That the level of particulate matter emitted by coal trains was not statistically significantly different to passenger trains,

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Major parties ignore Hunter coal health impacts: vote down T4 motion

Both Labor and the Opposition voted against a motion yesterrday put by Australian Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon calling on them to reject the proposed forth coal terminal (T4) because of its impact on public health in the Hunter.

See coverage today in the Newcastle Herald

The full motion is below.  Senator Rhiannon is attending the Stop T4 rally in Newcastle this Saturday.

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Coal dust results demand Hunter inquiry hearings and T4 rejection

Federal Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon should be working alongside the Greens to secure hearings in the Hunter of a Senate inquiry into the impacts of air quality on health in light of new research results showing coal dust levels injurious to residents' health, says Australian Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

"CTAG's study results show coal dust fine particles, which scientists are dubbing ‘the new asbestos', at levels dangerous to human health and Mr Fitzgibbon should be ashamed of his past stance arguing against Senate hearings in the Hunter ," Senator Rhiannon said.

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