It is day 103 of my 365 Days of Living Deliberately blog. For weeks I have been talking about the need for a coal ash cleanup meeting here in our area and have discussed the idea with a number of people. After attending the Town Hall Eden Coal Ash Meeting on March 31st and seeing how meeting organizers wanted to embrace the Warren County environmental justice history, I realized a meeting in our parts has been long overdue. So, I talked with Andrew Lester, the executive director of the Roanoke River Basin Association (RRBA), about helping host such a meeting. The RRBA agreed; I booked the Henderson Library, and since then I have been setting up a panel of coal ash experts for the meeting and have been contacting community leaders and the news media as well.
The following email was forwarded to me. I have requested that some of these same officials come to our April 24th
EPA to discuss river clean up
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies will hold an open house Monday in Danville for residents to discuss upcoming dredge work to clean up coal ash from near the Schoolfield Dam.
Representatives from the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Department of Health, city of Danville, U.S. Coast Guard and other participating agencies will attend.
The open house will provide an opportunity for residents to discuss on a one-on-one basis planning details for upcoming dredge work near the Schoolfield Dam.
There will be no formal presentation.