Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced
Dec. 16 that Southern Coal Corporation has agreed to settle with Virginia and
other Appalachian states after allegations of systemically polluting waterways
in violation of state and federal laws.
Coal Corporation will pay a penalty of $900,000, of which $112,500 will go to
Virginia, and commit to environmental improvement plans and facility upgrades
to come into better compliance with the Clean Water Act.
is the latest of several actions we've taken to ensure that southwest Virginians are protected from water pollution, and to make sure that they are
not left footing the bill for cleaning up illegal discharges of potentially
dangerous pollutants from mining operations," Herring said. "Clean,
safe water for drinking and outdoor recreation will be so important to southwest Virginia as the region continues to diversify its economy and promote
emerging industries like angling, paddling and tourism."
Southern Coal has facilities in the Virginia counties of Dickenson, Lee, Tazewell and Wise.
According to allegations, the company committed nearly 24,000 Clean
Water Act violations, including 9,000 in Virginia. Among the allegations were
thousands of reporting violations and hundreds of cases where Southern Coal exceeded its permits.