The Greens are calling for an independent authority to monitor coal pollution in the Hunter Valley after a global study found coal-mining has a negative impact on public health.

Hunter Valley communities are surrounded by more than 30 coal mines and coal-fired power stations, with current dust mitigation efforts doing little to protect their health according to the Greens.

Member for the Greens, Cate Faehrmann, says the NSW Government need to take responsibility for the problem.

“It is imperative for the Government to know what this pollution is doing to the people’s health,” she says.