Coal trains and air quality in Newcastle

February 10, 2014

The mining industry takes the issue of air quality seriously. Hunter coal miners are part of the Hunter community, raise families in the Hunter and breathe the same air as everyone else. We work closely with regulators and actively review all the available scientific evidence, which gives us confidence that air quality around the rail corridor is good and consistent with other parts of the region.

Extensive scientific studies, including research for the NSW Office of the Environment and CSIRO, have consistently found that air quality in Newcastle is good, meets national and air quality standards, and that coal trains do not have a significant impact on air quality.

We support an informed discussion of these important issues based on science, facts and the best available evidence. We welcome last week's announcement that the NSW Government will be undertaking further air quality monitoring in Newcastle, and will continue to engage with regulators, the industry and the community to look at the science objectively, including the findings of the ARTC's peer-reviewed report when it is released later this month.

Contact: Chris Rath – crath@nswmining.com.au – 0409 758 734 – 02 9274 1419

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