THE Greens have called on the Senate to block the construction of the proposed fourth coal terminal (T4) at Kooragang Island because of public health concerns.
Senator Lee Rhiannon told the Newcastle Herald last night that although her notice of motion was unsuccessful she was committed to stopping the construction of T4.
‘‘Last week’s shocking air pollution results along the Hunter rail corridor should be enough to finally push Labor and Coalition MPs to standing up to coal expansion,’’ she said.
‘‘It is not enough for them to furrow their brows and make concerned noises about the health impact on locals.’’
Senator Rhiannon will attend this Saturday’s community rally against the proposed coal loader.
The Coal Terminal Action Group has called on the state government to suspend its assessment of the T4 coal terminal until an independent assessment of dust pollution along the Hunter’s coal corridor is carried out.