Doctors join call for Hunter Valley mining ban

An open letter to Premier Mike Baird said coal mining, transportation and combustion in the Hunter area was causing a decline in air quality linked to illnesses and deaths, and potentially costing millions of dollars a year.

“It is time to begin to phase out coal production in the Hunter Valley and begin a transition to a safer, healthier, and secure economic future,” it said.

The continued production of coal in the Hunter Valley prevents the development of alternative