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Law firm Slater and Gordon has received many enquiries from people living in the Latrobe Valley affected by the smoke and ash coming from the Hazelwood mine fire.

Slater and Gordon Practice Group Leader in Morwell, Stephen Plunkett, said residents were understandably concerned about the impact of the fire on their health and many had raised concerns about how authorities had responded to the emergency.

“We are trying to establish what is in the cocktail of fumes and ash. When this is established, we will be in a better position to give advice to residents about whether authorities have done all that they should have to protect the health of the local population,” Mr Plunkett said.

“It is too early to determine whether authorities have been in any way negligent in their handling of this disaster. If it turns out that they have, people who have been adversely affected may have rights,” he said.

Mr Plunkett said Slater and Gordon had a long and proud history of acting for the disadvantaged in the Latrobe Valley and elsewhere in Australia.

“If we determine action is warranted over the Hazelwood open cut mine fire we will advise clients of their rights.”

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