Jerry's Plains people talk about mine impacts 

RESIDENTS from Jerry’s Plains and surrounding areas will meet tomorrow to discuss the potential impacts of five coal-mining proposals on their communities.

Dust and air pollution and the impact of mining on water and alluvial flats will be among the issues addressed.

‘‘The cumulative impact of surrounding mining operations are already being felt by the people of Jerry’s Plains,’’ Peter Day, president of the Jerry’s Plains and Districts Progress Association, said.

‘‘The Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitor at Jerry’s Plains has measured dust levels above the national standard twice this month. This is with existing mines.’’

Rio Tinto’s Carrington West expansion of the Hunter Valley Operations North will be aired at a Planning Assessment Commission meeting in Singleton on Thursday.

If approved, the project would bring open-cut mining closer to the town and affect the Hunter River flood-plain.

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