Doctors call for end to brown coal power plants

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More than 300 doctors have signed an open letter demanding the state government develop a plan to shut down the Latrobe Valley's brown coal power plants because of the health damage they cause the local community.

The letter, organised by Doctors for the Environment, argues a transition away from brown coal-fired power — responsible for 85% of Victoria's electricity generation — is necessary because its pollution is responsible for local disease, and even death, and poses a broader health threat through its contribution to climate change.

The letter points to research linking coal-fired electricity to cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological diseases, as well as lung cancers, through their generation of local air pollutants.

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