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Sick of coal?

Support the Greens  bid for a federal inquiry into the health effects of the coal industry in the Hunter. Many people living near coal infrastructure believe the industry is making them sick. Yet there has never been an independent study into the cumulative impacts on community health of the Hunter Valley coal chain.

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Greens call for covered coal train wagons in Illawarra, enhanced air quality standards

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Wollongong Councillor Jill Merrin met today with locals and the Illawarra Residents for Responsible Mining group at Bellambi station to call for national air quality standards that properly incorporate fine particles to better monitor air quality and its impacts on the health of local residents impacted by coal dust from uncovered coal train wagons.

"There is too little protection for communities up and down coal train line from the health hazards of PM2.5 and even finer coal dust pollution," Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said.

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NSW koalas need stronger protection from Fed Govt: Greens

The federal government needs to step up protection for vulnerable koalas along the NSW coastline and west of the Great Dividing Range to stem declining populations under threat from logging, mining and rampant urban development.

ABC’s 4 corners will tonight show that koala populations are in the serious trouble in NSW despite the federal government moving in April to list koalas as a vulnerable species, following a Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry.

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PM coal dust concerns lends weight to mining - health inquiry call

Welcoming Prime Minister Julia Gillard's call for more scientific investigation of the impact of coal dust on the health of Hunter communities, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said the next step should be federal government support for the long running community and Greens' campaign for a parliamentary investigation into this very issue.

"A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of coal dust on the health and well being of Hunter communities is long overdue," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Albanese refusal to accept responsibility for coal dust wrong: Greens

The federal government, as a key funder of billions of dollars of coal rail infrastructure in the Hunter Valley, should use its clout to force coal companies to cover coal rail wagons rather than push responsibility back to the NSW government, said Greens Senator and transport spokesperson Lee Rhiannon (Newcastle Herald, 6/8/12, http://tinyurl.com/9m4v267).

"Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese is wrong to say covering coal wagons is a state matter," said Senator Rhiannon.

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