Patriot Told To Pay $45M Over Selenium Discharges

Law360, New York (September 1, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has held two Patriot Coal Corp. units in contempt of an earlier court order over discharges of selenium at two West Virginia coal mines, ordering the parent company to prepare $45 million in secured credit to cover the costs of treating this contamination.

Judge Robert C. Chambers of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia granted four environmental groups' motion for contempt on Tuesday, ruling that Apogee Coal Co. and Hobet Mining Inc. had failed to comply with a...
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