27 February 2013 — The mining, transportation and combustion of coal can lead to serious health impacts for workers and surrounding communities, Greens health spokesperson Richard Di Natale says. Senator Di Natale said the Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry on air quality will focus on the health impacts of coal. “People can suffer diseases like asthma and even lung cancer as a result to fine coal dust particles. “The health impacts of coal have been ignored for too long and it’s time to have a detailed at look at the evidence. “Last year I secured a Senate Inquiry into the health impacts of air quality and that inquiry is now open to submissions.” Inquiry details are available here.