The Victorian government has failed in its duty of care to Latrobe Valley residents, who now face a wait of more than 20 years to discover the full health effects of the Hazelwood mine fire, experts say.

Residents in the region may not know whether their long-term health was affected by the February blaze because of a lack of air, soil and water pollutant monitoring, according to a panel of health and environment experts. Some potentially fatal respiratory and heart diseases could take up to 20 years…