Scientists, activists to be quizzed on effect of coal dust

AN INQUIRY into how coal dust released from trains affects the quality of air in Brisbane and Mackay will arrive in Brisbane on Tuesday, led by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

Over the course of the hearings - held in Queensland Parliament from 9am - scientists, industry peak bodies and environmental activists will be quizzed on how coal dust affects the community, if at all.

It will consider what is in the dust, the populations most at risk, what monitoring exists and "any other related matters".

Although a relatively wide range of guests will speak to the inquiry, including Greenpeace, Abbot Point Coal Terminal owner North Queensland Bulk Ports, Queensland Resources Council and Environmental Defenders, submissions to the inquiry were broader still.

The CSIRO, mine companies Anglo American and Rio Tinto, Asthma Foundation New South Wales and even the Bureau of Meteorology were happy to chime in.

The inquiry has already held public meetings in Newcastle and Canberra.

A report on its findings is expected to be submitted to Parliament by June 26.



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