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Protesters rally against new Northrop Grumman plant in Waynesboro

While Northrop Grumman broke ground on its new plant in Waynesboro on Friday, protesters near the ceremony shouted out about the company’s alleged human rights violations and water pollution.

Northrop Grumman officials and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin broke ground on the facility behind Waynesboro Town Center on Friday. Construction on the advanced electronics and manufacturing plant expected to employ more than 300 should wrap in 2025, they said.

Members of an organization called the Waynesboro Anti-War Group, however, say the plant will also contribute to the major defense technology company’s growing list of human rights and environmental violations.

A spokesperson for the group, identified only by the first name Sav, said Waynesboro doesn’t need water pollution because the city’s South River continues to feel the effects of mercury contamination from the former DuPont plant. The mercury contamination of the South River took place between 1929 and 1950.

DuPont entered into a $50 million settlement in 2016 to provide remediation for its pollution of that river and the Shenandoah River.


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