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Chris Shipe

Clarke County Concerned About WV Manufacturing Plant

23 April 2019 Clarke County News


Clarke County is in the process of deciding whether or not it will oppose a West Virginia stone wool insulation manufacturing plant.

The company Rockwool has already broken ground on the facility, which will be located in Ranson, West Virginia, just north of Clark County. Concerns have emerged about the level of pollution the plant will create, and the negative health and environmental effects that could follow. According to permits filed with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, its smokestacks are expected to spew mainly nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide pollutants. Formaldehyde and benzene are also expected, which can be deadly at high levels.

Clarke Supervisors have asked Natural Resource Planner Alison Teetor to look into the matter. She said Monday (4/22/2019) that the county wants to be sure the WVDEP is doing all it can to ensure the plant is clean.

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