Date Changed: Rockwool Protest at State Capitol

Jefferson County Citizens Opposed to Rockwool to Visit West Virginia Capitol June 19 (moved from 17th)

Citizens of Jefferson County and others throughout the state will be visiting the State Capitol in Charleston, WV on Wednesday, June 19 to speak with legislators about their struggle to keep the Ranson, WV Rockwool Manufacturing Plant from being built.

During their visit, groups plan to rally at noon in the Capitol, meet with individuals in the House and Senate, and hold a press conference on Wednesday, June 19 at 2:30 in the Governor’s Conference Room of the Capitol building.

NOTE VENUE CHANGED: Press Conference changed from the Governor’s Conference Room to the Attorney General (AG) Rotunda.  No change in time or program.  

Citizens have been protesting the Rockwool plant since it came to public attention approximately one year ago. No public hearings were held prior to the approval of the plant’s location in the middle of Jefferson County, across from an elementary school and within 2 miles of 3 other public schools. A handful of local government officials were taken in by Rockwool’s promotion of their plant as safe and environmentally responsible. Although Rockwool has technically followed the law in most cases, that doesn’t make it good, safe, or wanted by nearby residents. Protests have come from almost every entity in Jefferson County, WV, and neighboring counties in WV, MD and VA. There is a prohibition of building a school anywhere near the toxic plant, but it was somehow ok to build the plant near existing schools. The plant is a threat to our children, air, and water.

Sponsors of this activity include the Eastern Panhandle Green Coalition, the Eastern Panhandle and WV Sierra Club, the WV Women’s March Eastern Panhandle, Jefferson County Vision, the Eastern Panhandle Protectors, OVEC-Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, WV Citizens Action Group, the WV Rivers Coalition, and others.