Project converts toxic run-off into paint ingredient

A groundbreaking took place Monday for a facility that will intercept potentially toxic acid-mine drainage before it pollutes streams and then convert it into paint pigment.

Those involved in the project say it will help provide two things that are much needed in the region: job creation and cleanup of waterways. Moreover, they say it could have an impact far beyond southeast Ohio.

Ohio University professors John Sabraw and Guy Riefler and Rural Action’s Sunday Creek Watershed Coordinator Michelle Shively are the main instigators of the project.