Patriot Coal, Green Groups Settle CWA Suit

Law360, New York (March 24, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Patriot Coal Corp. has agreed to spend over $725,000 to settle two environmental groups' allegations of Clean Water Act violations at a pair of Patriot-owned mining complexes in Appalachia.

Judge Robert C. Chambers of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia signed an order on Thursday approving a consent decree between Patriot and environmental groups Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Inc. and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy Inc., which sued the mining company in 2007.

Under the consent decree, Patriot will pay a $50,000...
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