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Protesters arrested at coal firm Alpha's HQ in Va

Friday - 5/24/2013, 12:40pm  ET

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) -- Several environmental protesters are facing charges after blocking the road leading to the headquarters for coal producer Alpha Natural Resources in Bristol.

Capt. Maynard Ratcliff with the Bristol Police Department says about five people were arrested on Friday morning after they had chained themselves and large industrial equipment to a bridge railing.

The road to the company's offices was reopened shortly before 10 a.m. Ratcliff says specific charges are pending.

The members of Radical Action for Mountain Peoples' Survival were protesting Alpha's mining practices. Their demonstration included a 250-gallon tanker with black water and a 55-gallon drum filled with concrete.

Alpha has more than 160 mines and processing plants in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. The company called the demonstration a waste of emergency responders' time.

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