Newcastle Herald: Renewed calls for industry to pay for the true health costs of coal


DEA joins environment groups to step up a campaign for a comprehensive study of Hunter air quality health impacts after local evidence has supported overseas research linking power station emissions and pre-term births.

Dr Ben Ewald, a DEA spokesperson and Newcastle GP and University of Newcastle epidemiology lecturer,  said a sizeable Chinese study, using statistics collected before and after more than 50 power stations in the Beijing area were closed for the 2008 Olympic Games, provided good evidence of the link between air quality and baby birth weight.

Dr Ewald has advocated strongly for a more robust air quality regime in the state— particularly in the Hunter region, where regular air quality exceedances have been linked to open cut coal mines.

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