Miner Tied To W.Va. Gov. To Pay $300K For Selenium Pollution

Law360 (December 4, 2020, 4:02 PM EST) -- A coal company owned by the governor of West Virginia has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle allegations it allowed excess levels of the toxic chemical selenium to enter state waterways in violation of its pollution permits.

The deal between Bluestone Coal Co. and several environmental groups was announced Thursday. It includes a $270,000 payment to the West Virginia Land Trust to fund mitigation of environmental harms that the groups alleged occurred as a result of the selenium pollution from the Red Fox coal mine into the Tug River. Another $30,000 will be paid to the U.S. government.

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