Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Dust Already Flying on Coal Train Monitoring; Independence of Testing and Locations for Sampling Air Quality Come under Fire

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Dust Already Flying on Coal Train Monitoring; Independence of Testing and Locations for Sampling Air Quality Come under Fire

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Byline: Peter Foley peter.foley@qt.com.au

THE latest coal dust monitoring on trains hasnat started yet but arguments about its legitimacy are already well down the track.

Stop Brisbane Coal Trains spokesman John Gordon ridiculed the plan to conduct monitoring announced this week by the Queensland Resources Council.

Starting next week, monitoring will be conducted for a month at sites including Ipswich adjacent to the coal rail corridor and at Chelmer, not adjacent to the coal corridor, for control measurements.

aLeaving QRC in charge of the coal trains is like leaving Dracula in charge of the blood bank,a Mr Gordon said. aThey know the monitoring will come up smelling fresh as a daisy.a

QRC chief executive Michael Roche said he was puzzled by attacks on the scientists who will conduct the program.

Mr Roche said the program would be conducted independently by scientists in the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA). …

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