Queensland Resources Council attacks Clean air report

A RESOURCES sector body has slammed a Clean Air Queensland report that shows "alarming amounts of pollution" in Brisbane from coal train dust.

CAQ's Michael Kane said the study had found coal train pollution readings 900% above background levels, against a figure of 150% for non-coal freight trains.

However, Queensland Resources Council chief Michael Roche labelled the report unsound and said it would not stand up to peer review.

He said the method used during the nine monitoring sessions was not consistent with the Australian air quality standards.

"It's also telling that they ignored some results from coal, freight and passenger trains that passed during the monitoring period," he said.

"It's hardly surprising that this group - which includes anti-coal activist groups including Lock the Gate, 6 Degrees and Friends of the Earth - would come up with such a report."

CAQ said it had used industry-standard air quality monitoring equipment to study loaded and unloaded coal, freight and passenger trains to ascertain how much pollution was emitted.

"The report shows that coal trains are regularly emitting dangerous levels of air pollution in Brisbane suburbs and the government must now act to protect the community," Mr Kane said.

Mr Roche challenged the group to undertake independent and peer-reviewed monitoring.

He said the coal industry had been doing that along the rail corridor to the Port of Brisbane for more than two years.

Topics:  coal dust environment mining

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