The six-storey high, 800m long coal stockpile will be exposed to prevailing winds for the 20 years the mine will operate.
Additionally, coal train movements 24/7 through the Southern Highlands could result in exposure to dangerous micro-coal particulates, for which there is no minimum safe level of exposure. These coal dust particles, the size of bacteria, travel vast distances and research has proven that coal dust is associated with increased mortality rates, asthma, respiratory illnesses, chronic dermatitis, difficulties breathing, headaches and mental-health symptoms.
The Southern Highlands' communities near the stockpile and along the coal train route all face potentially serious health impacts from airborne dust contamination, with young children and the elderly being particularly vulnerable.
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