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Residents Ask VA Mining Company to Halt Mountaintop Removal

A coalition of coalfield residents in Virginia and West Virginia is asking Alpha Natural Resources to halt mountaintop removal and other surface mining near their homes.

Radical Action for Mountain People's Survival planned to present letters to Abingdon-based Alpha Wednesday asking the company adopt a more sustainable future for Appalachia.

Residents are particularly interested in having Alpha halt mines now operated by Massey Energy. Alpha is close to finalizing a $7.1 billion buyout of Richmond-based Massey.

Residents say they hope Alpha officials will be willing to talk about ways to find alternatives to surface mining in the two states.

If not, residents say they will continue their fight to stop the practice.

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