Study Supports Case Linking Coal Mining And Poor Air Quality In Nearby Towns

From working on site all day to sleeping at camp or a nearby town, coal miners are being exposed to more harmful dust than previously thought, according to new analysis.

It has prompted renewed calls for independent on-site dust monitoring and a reduction in the occupational exposure limit for mine workers.

Associate Professor Gunther Paul from James Cook University cited the work of four scientists who looked at community-based air-monitoring stations in Queensland and New South Wales, along with 10 years of data from the national pollutant inventory.

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