Senate inquiry should also cover dust in CQ: Greens

CENTRAL Queensland should not be left out of discussions about coal dust, according to a Greens senate candidate, after a senate inquiry began investigating the issue in Newcastle this week.

The Queensland Greens senate candidate Adam Stone said it was a big issue in the state, which has a huge coal mining province west of Mackay and Rockhampton.

"Many Queensland communities are raising concerns about potential negative impacts on health and liveability as the boom means ever greater quantities of coal are rattling past our doors in uncovered wagons or piling up at local ports."

The committee was initiated by Victorian Greens senator Dr Richard Di Natale.

It is chaired by WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewart.

Coal is not named specifically for investigation, only "particulate matter, its sources and effects", where it comes from, how it is monitored and who is most at risk.