Rockwool is planning the construction of a heavily emitting factory directly across Route 9 from North Jefferson Elementary School. The factory site is within 2 miles of the public schools attended by 30% of our county's children. We are fighting to protect the health and wellbeing of our children from toxic and hazardous pollution.
Rockwool has received a permit from the WV Department of Environmental Protection to spew thousands of tons of toxic and hazardous pollutants into the air we breath. These pollutants include phenol, formaldehyde, methane and PM 2.5. They affect the kidney, liver, brain, heart and lungs.
The Charles Town Utility Board (CTUB) has applied for a permit to accept 46,800 Gallons Per Day (GPD) of domestic and industrial sewage. This wastewater will be treated and dumped in Ebbets Run, a favorite fishing spot. Pollutants will travel to the Shenandoah, Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay, degrading our entire watershed.
Our economy is based on agriculture, tourism, education, government, the arts and light manufacturing. We have adopted a Comprehensive Plan for the sustainable development of our county into the future. We want an inclusive economy that supports and encourages a variety of small businesses and local employment opportunities.
We expect our civic leaders to protect the interests of our community and accept the will of the majority of the people. We were shocked and disheartened to learn that our public officials had secretly committed over $37 million of our tax money for incentives to a foreign corporation that would impose a polluting factory and significantly deteriorate our land, air and water.
We were disheartened to discover that the Rockwool plant was just the beginning. Rockwool was planned as the first user for a 1,400-acre industrial zone that would consume massive amounts of water, coal and fracked gas. We are aware that our global ecosystem is stressed and we need to create a resilient and clean economy to protect the interests of future generations.
We sent an open letter to the Danish Ambassador requesting answers to the following questions no later than March 26th, 2019:
Do you believe that the people of West Virginia deserve the same rights and protections as those of the people of Denmark?
Do you believe Rockwool should have to meet Danish standards in its
Do you believe that Rockwool should be allowed to build a factory in Jefferson County that violates those standards by endangering the air, water, population health and future prosperity of our community?
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You participated in the groundbreaking ceremony on June 25th, 2018. You should be outraged that you were misled about the impact on our air and water and the health of our children.
We demand you make an unequivocal official statement opposing the construction of the planned Rockwool factory in Jefferson County.
Pledge to use the full powers of your office to initiate a federal investigation into the health and environmental impacts of the plant and the suspected improper procedures and processes by which it is being imposed on our communities.