What would you do if you learned that a chemical insulation production factory was moving across the street from your child's elementary school? How would you feel if you found out that the plant would release hazardous chemicals such as formaldehyde and sulfur dioxide into the air and ground that could affect that health of your child and many others?
In 2017, overseas corporation Rockwool was given the go-ahead by West Virginia government to start construction on a major factory on an apple orchard across from an elementary school in Jefferson County. The approval process lacked transparency and thus many residents were left in the dark.
Fast forward to 2019 - Rockwool is in the midst of the beginnings of construction. Rockwool has promised to be a "valuable neighbor" yet did not think twice about building next to North Jefferson Elementary School with hundreds of children in attendance. In addition to North Jefferson, there are 3 other major schools in a 2 mile radius as well as 2 daycare centers, amounting to well over 2,500 students.
This factory does not belong next to an elementary school. Construction and operation of this factory could lead to disastrous health consequences for the children and those living in the area. Think asthma, COPD, cancer, etc. Our children deserve better as they are our future.
We are asking for one simple and immediate action - Protect the Children of North Jefferson Elementary School by HALTING THE CONSTRUCTION of the Rockwool insulation factory!
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