Dirty coal: health fears of a town covered in dust from disused power station

Port Augusta residents fear their health will be at risk for a third straight summer due to the flawed rehabilitation of an ash dam.

For the residents living near the site of South Australia’s demolished coal-fired power plant, the coming months could be their third straight summer of dust.

A flawed rehabilitation of an ash dam has led to potentially hazardous particles being blown across Port Augusta and its 14,000 residents for the last two years.

The community’s concern is backed by public health organisation Doctors for the Environment, which has warned dust from the Port Augusta dam could be exacerbating longer-term health issues in the state’s Upper Spencer Gulf linked to air pollution from heavy industry.

> Read entire article Dirty coal: health fears of a town covered in dust from disused power station | Adam Morton | The Guardian

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