Opinion

Cover coal trains to dust away dilemma affecting homes

ALLAN Jeffery is sick of coal dust - and no doubt the majority of people in Gladstone are as well.

No matter how close you are to a coal unloading facility, the dust seems to still find its way into our homes, our businesses.

In fact it's everywhere, despite the massive efforts of many industries to reduce its impact.

It's become a state-wide issue in recent times, and currently the finger is being pointed at the open-topped coal trains that wend their way through the countryside to their destinations.

Covering these rail wagons has been suggested as one way to reduce the volume of coal dust - a no doubt expensive exercise but one which could well have far reaching environmental benefits.

Coal trains travel from all parts of Queensland into Gladstone many times a day, and the various rail routes ensure no parts of our city are immune to them and their black residue.

If covering these trains is a sensible answer, then moves should be made at fast pace to make it happen.

Topics:  allen winter, coal dust, gladstone, opinion, train




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