W.Va. Enviro Agency, Green Groups Settle CWA Fight

Law360, New York (August 2, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT) -- West Virginia's environmental department reached an agreement with the Sierra Club and two other advocacy groups Tuesday requiring the agency to treat acid discharges from coal mining sites where operators no longer have permits.

The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and Sierra Club filed the consent decree concurrently with a complaint alleging that the state agency had violated the Clean Water Act by allowing acid mine drainage from the mines to leak into public waters.

“Plaintiffs have members who live in this district...
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