Coal dust gets an airing outside Norfolk Southern shareholders meeting
NORFOLK -- For years, people who live near Norfolk Southern Corp.’s coal-export pier at Lamberts Point have complained that dust from the operation has coated their cars and porches. Some have worried that their health could be at risk as well.
The issue has flared periodically, then receded amid assertions by the Norfolk-based railroad that its own air monitoring shows dust levels are below regulatory guidelines.
On Thursday morning, a group called New Virginia Majority tried a new tack to raise the profile of the coal dust issue, with a protest at The Main, downtown’s new hotel and conference center.
On the third floor of the center, Norfolk Southern shareholders were preparing for their annual meeting, overseen by CEO James Squires. On a sidewalk below, about 10 people organized by New Virginia Majority walked in a tight circle while chanting slogans like “Norfolk Southern, cover your coal!” and “Let’s Talk!”