A James River Coal subsidiary is seeking permission to strip the hills above Sassafras, left, on the Knott-Perry county line. The surface mine, right, is the one seen in the distance in the photo at left.
A James River Coal subsidiary is seeking permission to strip the hills above Sassafras, left, on the Knott-Perry county line. The surface mine, right, is the one seen in the distance in the photo at left.
A James River Coal subsidiary is seeking permission to strip the hills above Sassafras, left, on the Knott-Perry county line. The surface mine, right, is the one seen in the distance in the photo at left.

Mining permitters say protecting human health not their job

February 25, 2014 12:00 AM