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Grandpa marching on Washington for clean air and safer schools

Monday, September 11, 2006

Reece3.jpg Culminating a hike of several hundred miles, West Virginia grandfather Ed Wiley will arrive in Washington tomorrow to ask the federal government to help where his local officials’ resources fall short. Wiley, a former coal industry contractor, wants to see Marsh Fork Elementary moved from its current location, just yards from a coal silo he says makes kids sick--informal surveys indicate that many of Marsh Fork’s 220 students do have asthma or chronic bronchitis. Wiley’s local officials aren’t convinced the dangers justify the several million-dollar price tag of relocating the school, so he’ll be hand delivering a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, asking for help to build a new school. Good luck, Ed! [Link]

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