Today at 6:30 PM, Climate Ground Zero Director Mike Roselle delivered a jar of blasting dust collected while trespassing at Hells Gate on the Progress mountaintop removal mine site.
The blasting dust was deposited at the replica of the Liberty Bell on the steps of the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston. This jar of dust is toxic, is a violation of the littering law, is also a danger to human health, and should be considered hazardous waste.
“This is litter or it is poison. Many peer reviewed health studies have determined that this blasting dust causes birth defects, illness and death. We want the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to test it and tell me what crime I’ve committed. I’ll be back every day until they release the test results,” said Roselle.
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Contact: Mike Roselle
Climate Ground Zero
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