EPISODE 1: Important Info and Links – Bookmark this page! We will make reference to many of these items throughout the podcast.
Granny Smith Lane – unofficial code name for the Rockwool project, the name of the street where the Rockwool site is, also a good name for a podcast.
Project Shuttle – official code name for the Rockwool project used for paperwork, agendas, in meeting minutes, etc.
Project Wedge – “the lettuce people”, discovered in the Ranson FOIA data dump https://drive.google.com/file/d/19XjuEdsEzYct5mpd8st9JuW3ZulQ9r03/view?fbclid=IwAR08ABjao2ts0aLNxnQf2h49KEEkDsR8CKVEBy7R5kr-ieV3qgwOt1Gd7Kw (pages 5-6, 24)
Tomatoes – County Commissioner Peter Onoszko’s email about starting a tomato garden https://www.facebook.com/radiofreejc/photos/a.1193138597503522/1227055640778484/?type=3&theater
Initial website information before toxicrockwool.com was made – http://rockwoolpermit.info/
Website with extensive information, news and updates –
Historian Jim Surkamp’s YouTube page – provides tons of history on the area:
Jefferson County Vision – a non profit, 501(c)(4), formed out of opposition to Rockwool.
Donate (for legal fund): https://squareup.com/store/jefferson-county-vision
Public facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jeffersoncountyvision/
6 board members:
Leigh Smith (President),
Krista Guido (Vice President),
Megan Hartlove (Treasurer),
Lori Maloney (Secretary),
Concerned Citizens Against Rockwool- Ranson, WV (CCAR) – initially called Citizens Concerned About Rockwool Ranson, a closed facebook group created July 24th, 2017 by Leigh Smith, almost 12,000 members
Rockwool (aka Roxul) – a Danish company that makes stone wool insulation products, 45 facilities worldwide (3 in North America), planning to build a heavy industrial facility in Jefferson county, WV across the street from North Jefferson Elementary School.
Rockwool’s air permit –
(Credit West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection)
Schools – 4 schools within 2 miles of Rockwool site (30% of Jefferson County’s student population, also higher rates of poverty at these schools)
- North Jefferson Elementary – right across the street
- TA Lowery Elementary
- Wildwood Middle School
- Jefferson High School
World Health Organization guideline for school location – “Do not build schools within two miles of facilities that release toxic chemicals into the air or land.” http://www.who.int/school_youth_health/media/en/physical_sch_environment.pdf?ua=1 (page 35, box 13)
Local pediatricians from the West Virginia Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics wrote about negative effects of Rockwool on children in Jefferson County – they ask “Who will speak for these children? Do we need to witness the harm done to them before we act?” https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U9RIBsrZHDeO2iToCB1XAK0uD_d7X3xe/view?fbclid=IwAR0-CdSEIu5aAMrKNlD7lwmCXkDagvquUC0eAA_L7O-920XToFn-1hQqe50
Fox Glen – neighborhood in Jefferson County right by the Rockwool site. Known as the “Forgotten Neighborhood”.
FOIA returns requested by JCV from the City of Ranson (200,000 pages) – https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1eVAuipb0UzxI5DN7pFDcII9GBdWeLc5d?fbclid=IwAR1AVO8yexE-yw19FC7vM0wx9MOGZVoI0oVStAAxi2qCkuLd9rtPBKZbIX8
Wolf at the Door by Leah Graham https://youtu.be/tYQeXDKmnSI