Reclaimed W.Va. Mine Owners Face Water Pollution Suits
By Sean McLernon
Law360, New York (June 20, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT) -- Environmental groups lodged a pair of Clean Water Act suits in West Virginia federal court Wednesday, accusing the owners of two former mountaintop removal coal mines of discharging toxic substances into area waters as part of a litigation campaign targeting pollution at reclaimed sites.
The Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and West Virginia Highlands coalition are claiming that Norfolk Southern Corp. subsidiary Pocahontas Land Corp. and Hernshaw Partners LLC are allowing selenium to seep into creeks and tributaries, endangering aquatic life and public health even...