Great Barrier Reef contaminated by toxic coal dust, inquiry told

Coral reef expert says ‘damning’ report found coal dust had spread hundreds of kilometres from dredging sites

Coal dust has spread throughout the Great Barrier Reef and exceeds toxic levels near the shore, a Senate inquiry has heard.

Senators are touring Queensland this week to examine how the Australian and Queensland governments manage the reef, as Unesco threatens to list it as a World Heritage site in danger.

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