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Environmental injustice and air pollution in coal affected communities, Hunter Valley, Australia

Higginbotham, N., Freeman, S., Connor, L. and Albrecht, G. (2010) Environmental injustice and air pollution in coal affected communities, Hunter Valley, Australia. Health & Place, 16 (2). pp. 259-266.

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Abstract

The authors describe environmental injustice from air pollution in the Upper Hunter, Australia, and analyse the inaction of state authorities in addressing residents' health concerns. Obstacles blocking a public-requested health study and air monitoring include: the interdependence of state government and corporations in reaping the economic benefits of coal production; lack of political will, regulatory inertia and procedural injustice; and study design and measurement issues. We analyse mining- and coal-related air pollution in a contested socio-political arena, where residents, civil society and local government groups struggle with corporations and state government over the burden of imposed health risk caused by air pollution.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Sustainability
Publisher: Elsevier
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/36239
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