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Commission to discuss underground mine testing facility near Snowshoe, West Virginia

By Brad Johnson, The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS, W.Va. — The Randolph County Commission will see a second presentation today regarding a proposed underground mine testing facility on the Randolph-Pocahontas County line.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health wants to use the 460-acre tract near Mace as the future site of a research center and testing laboratory for underground mine safety.

At the last Randolph County Commission meeting, a group of Pocahontas County residents spoke about their objections to the project and asked commissioners to write a letter to West Virginia’s federal government representatives seeking to stop the project.

“This site is inappropriate for this project,” Jeanne Bell, a resident of Snowshoe, told commissioners at that meeting. “The entire surrounding community relies on drinking water from wells and springs located in the Greenbrier Limestone formation…

To read more: https://www.theintermountain.com/news/local-news/2020/12/commission-to-discuss-underground-mine-testing-facility-on-county-line/

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