Cover the coal wagons

MANY in the Hunter community are pleased they have been given another two weeks to comment on the development of the proposed T4 coal-loader, although we did ask for more time so that all our community has the chance to digest the large amount of information needed to come to grips with this development.

On the grounds of cumulative impacts alone, the Hunter community has many concerns, not least that this important aspect is never taken into consideration when governments are assessing developments pertaining to coalmining and exporting.

The health of our Hunter community is also always in danger of being compromised. Coal dust, dust from open-cut mining and explosives residue are some of the main culprits, but the coal companies even refuse to consider covering the coal wagons as they trundle through our suburbs on their way to export.

It would show some small recognition by coal companies that they care what they are doing to us if they were to cover the wagons, as is mandated in other more forward-thinking countries.

Jan Davis, East Maitland

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