Opencast mining increases PM<SUB>10</SUB> levels, affects child health

Particulate levels in air are elevated around opencast coal mines, and children living near to opencast sites are more likely to suffer from respiratory, skin and eye conditions, according to a new study endorsed by the Department of Health's Committee on Medical Aspects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP). The findings are likely to result in changes in planning guidance for opencast coal mines, and possibly other minerals operations.

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