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Federal infrastructure packages projected to save lives, offer new economic life in West Virginia

By Mike Tony, Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sean O’Leary was ready to explain the path toward economic renewal he had mapped out for a West Virginia coal community.

He didn’t get the chance.

The Wheeling native and senior researcher for the Ohio River Valley Institute, a nonprofit think tank, had in front of him his 33-page testimony and 14 exhibits filed on behalf of three clean energy advocate groups.

O’Leary had modeled a better economic future for Marshall County based on the revitalization of a community nearly 3,000 miles away. He cited a plant owner-funded $55 million economic transition plan for Centralia, Washington, finalized in 2011 to help that community deal with the closures of a coal mine and plant.

The stakes were high for Marshall County…

To read more: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/energy_and_environment/federal-infrastructure-packages-projected-to-save-lives-offer-new-economic-life-in-west-virginia/article_a19cd09b-37f6-5131-b577-a6fad0665601.html

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