A higher than average incidence of health issues in the Latrobe Valley has promoted the state government to look into the impacts of toxic emissions from the region's three power plants. Poor air quality caused by blasting, dust and transportation of coal is having a marked impact on residents in the area, with low birthweights being nearly two percent higher than the national average.
In a recent submission, Doctors for the Environment Australia is advocating for the Environmental Protection Agency to bring in licences to restrict the emission of toxic pollutants from power plants, in line with International standards.
Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy has confirmed that the Government is committed to finding answers.
Low birthweight is associated with many childhood health problems as well as issues in later life.
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