Activists, people rallying against Va. mine

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Activists and residents from Virginia's coalfields are heading to Washington and the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency to oppose a mountaintop removal proposal in the state's far southwest corner.

The rally Wednesday is aimed at saving Ison Rock Ridge in Wise County near the Kentucky state line.

A&G Coal Corp. is seeking to mine 1,300 acres above the communities of Andover, Appalachia and Inman.

Environmentalists have said the mine would destroy miles of streams and fill nine valleys with more than 11 million cubic yards of rock and dirt.

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards and other activists said the rally is intended to send the message to the EPA that the mining permit should not be granted.

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