NSW Coal loader may raise lung cancer risk

A PROPOSED coal loader at Newcastle up for approval under 33-year-old pollution standards would lead to more illness and death in and around the NSW port city, an epidemiologist warns.

Coal loader

Newcastle GP Dr Ben Ewald told a NSW Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) hearing last week that the region already had the state’s dirtiest air owing to airborne particles from coal transport and storage at the export hub.

Coarse particulate matter of up to 10 micrometers (PM10) is associated with lung disease,