8 November 2012 — Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon is campaigning in the Hunter Valley urging local Federal MPs to put their support behind a Senate inquiry into the impact of the coal mining, coal rail infrastructure and coal export industry on air quality and public health. A Greens motion to establish this Inquiry is due to be voted on in the Senate on 21 November 2012. Senator Rhiannon said the health risks of coal dust are becoming so clear “that MPs of all stripes are going on the record with their concerns”. “People living in Newcastle and the Hunter have had to bear the health burden of the coal industry for many years. Enough is enough for the sake of local health. “New coal infrastructure, including the proposed fourth coal loader, should be put on hold until this inquiry is held and then reassessed in light of the findings.”