There have been protests for several months now over the controversial Rockwool facility in Ranson, West Virginia. Those protests continued in the state capital Wednesday at the Governor’s State of the State address.
The multi-million dollar Rockwool plant is under construction in an abandoned apple orchard in Jefferson County.
Residents say they are concerned the chemical emissions from the insulation factory will leave a negative environmental impact on the land, and surrounding homes and schools. Delagates say, with proper testing elements, they don’t see an issue.
Catherine Jozwick said “it puts the children at the school at risk, as well as our entire county, because it’s being built on unstable geology land, which would contaminate all of our drinking water.”
Del. Paul Espinosa said “I support agreements by Rockwool to one…a human health risk assessment that will further ascertain, certainly, they are abiding by state and federal laws. As of now, officials say the factory is expected to be completed by 2020.