Coal producer Massey Energy has off ered $1 million toward the cost of replacing a Raleigh County elementary school near one of its preparation plants.
Jeff Gillenwater, a spokesman for Virginiabased Massey, confirmed the off er Tuesday.
The existing school is downhill from a slurry impoundment at a nearby Massey mine and about 300 feet from a coal silo. Plans for a second silo have outraged environmentalists and some neighbors.
While the Raleigh County school board has off ered another $1 million, Superintendent Charlotte Hutchens has asked the state School Building Authority for $6.6 million.
Massey is one of the largest U.S. coal producers and operates mines in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia.