Greg Hunt clashes with environment groups over Carmichael mine approval

Minister says claims project will hurt water supply, cause emissions to spike and damage reef are politically motivated

The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has clashed with green groups over his approval of Australias largest coalmine, amid concerns over the track record of Adani, the projects proponent.

On Monday, Hunt signed off on the $16.5bn Carmichael mine in central Queensland. At capacity, the mine will remove 60m tonnes of coal a year, to be taken by rail to the coast, where it will be shipped to India via the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area.

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