To the Editor,
My family lives on Johnsonville Road, located close to the place known as the Little Blue coal ash dump site for First Energy.
The water seeps from the coal ash impoundment has come into our neighborhood. Johnsonville Road has been like a construction zone. The pumping station across from our home has been worked on and repaired several times since last fall, and they still don't seem to know what the heck they are doing.
Do you know what it is like when the road crew ties up your road for a day, and you think it is such a pain? So, every day for about a year, we have lived with this noise and heavy trucks and equipment tearing up our roads and hauling gravel and dirt to and from the work sites. The truck drivers are people we don't know, because they don't live in our area.
People are selling their homes to First Energy and looking for another home to live in because of the seeps and bad odors. Pretty sad.
Senators in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio are trying to sneak in a bill that will make them not have any rules for coal ash to protect the people. We need more people than just us to help stop this before our whole area we once knew as a small Tri-State area is gone and not safe for anyone to live here.
So look around at what you have: your home, yard, neighbors and family - the ones you have trusted and depend on, because if this bill passes, we don't know what could happen.
Right now, my family's home that I grew up in and the one I built beside theirs are worth $0. How would that make you feel?
So please help us remove this bill, Senate Bill 3512, because this bill does not protect your health or guarantee enforcement or oversight. Please Call your senators and ask them to pull their names from this bad bill.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has co-sponsored this bad coal ash bill, S.B. 3512. Call Sen. Manchin today at (202) 224-3954.