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Health Concerns

Now that doctors of the Douglasdale Medical Practice have publicaly stated their concerns for the health of those living next to mineral operations in the Douglas Valley; with the potential for up to 15 years of airborne mineral dust particles, enormous amounts of diesel fumes, and the industrial noise becoming an everyday part of the lives and environment in the Lamington, Coulter and Biggar area, what are the implications for our health and wellbeing as residents of communities living next to the proposed Overburns opencast mineral excavations?
The adverse health effects of dust, diesel fumes and noise are well documented and reported and easily accessed on the internet, so take the time to search for could be time well spent for you and your families future.

Below are reports by Dr Dick Van Steenis, an expert in this field of study...

Click HERE to watch an unedited video of Dr Steenis' presentation in Douglas 23/9/09

Opencast mines will lead to public health disaster, warns poison expert

The Herald 26/9/09

SCOTLAND is sleepwalking into a public health disaster by ignoring the dangers of emissions from opencast mines, a leading toxicologist has warned.
The risk posed by a new development in South Lanarkshire is such that the town of Douglas should be bulldozed and its residents rehoused at the taxpayers’ expense, Dr Dick van Steenis said.
To read the Herald artcicle by Chris Watt click on headline above

Here are some more very useful information links...

Department of Health
Long-Term Exposure to Air Pollution: Effect on Mortality

Country Doctor

Coal Health Study

BMJ (British Medical Journal) article 2009
by Clare Dyer

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