Episode 1 Show Notes

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)

JCV breakdown https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A82xpjNQJFCRxlhRWYGz67Q9UzW56Dc5/view?fbclid=IwAR1qQgDLZdQGyzPtpUauyU2pDpFp6Lp-Wi4bklyTymuW1C3KuINd9C-Rekg


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 –



Map of Jefferson County – http://maps.jeffersoncountywv.org/ESRIJavaScriptMaps/jcwvzoningmap/index.html


Historian Jim Surkamp’s YouTube page – provides tons of history on the area:


Apples https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaMIkgaZpCY


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/

Website: https://www.jeffersoncountyvision.com/

6 board members:

Leigh Smith (President),
Krista Guido (Vice President),
Megan Hartlove (Treasurer),
Lori Maloney (Secretary),
Amanda Foxx,
Chris Kinnan


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

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