Virginians opposed to a plan for mountaintop removal coal mining staged a rally Wednesday outside of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Washington headquarters.

The demonstrators want the EPA to deny a permit for surface mining operations at Ison Rock Ridge, a mountain in Wise County.

A protester is arrested by U.S. Park Police during a mountaintop removal coal mining protest in front of the White House in September 2010. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Opponents say the operation will harm the environment and the health of people who live in the area. Prior to the demonstration, they met with officials of the EPA’s water division, said Hannah Morgan of the Sierra Club, one of the groups involved with the protest.