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…