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Massey off ers $1M for cost of replacing school


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.

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