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Second inquiry into Hazelwood Mine Fire finds fires ‘likely’ contributed to 11 deaths (RN Breakfast)

By December 10, 2015 February 5th, 2018 Air Pollution, Cases, Energy Transition, In the media

Thursday 10/12/15 James Carleton, RN Breakfast ABC Radio

A second inquiry set up by the Victorian Labor Government into last year's Hazelwood Mine Fire in Victoria's La Trobe Valley has found it is 'likely' the fire contributed to up to 11 deaths in the valley.

Not the fire itself—but its toxic smoke.

The first inquiry into the fire, which burned for 45 days and covered the town of Morwell with ash, stopped short of attributing any deaths to the fire.

The report also criticised the Department of Health for being defensive, and dismissive of residents concerns.

Felicity Millner, Director of Litigation with Environmental Justice Australia, represented the community group 'Voices of the Valley' throughout the inquiry.

Felicity Millner joins James Carleton on RN Breakfast.

Listen or Download audio here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/hazelwood-mine-fire/7016106

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