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Coal Producer Hit with Record Fine for Violating Discharge Permit

Mar 21, 2014

Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources, was fined $27.5 million in March for violating its water pollution discharge permits.  In addition to the fine, Alpha and its subsidiaries must spend another $200 million on installing and operating wastewater treatment systems and implementing comprehensive, system-wide upgrades to reduce discharges of polluted water from its expansive coal operations in five Appalachian states.  The $27.5 million fine is the largest ever handed out by EPA for violating water permits.  According to EPA documents, Alpha violated its water pollution permits more than 6,000 times in a 7 year stretch, dumping polluted water directly into rivers, streams and tributaries.  The polluted water, a byproduct of the coal treatment process, was high in heavy metals and other contaminants.  The fine will be divvied up amongst affected states and the federal government and will assist with clean up costs. 

More information can be found at: http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/alpha-natural-resources-inc-settlement
 

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