Consol To Pay $5.5M Over CWA Violations

By Martin Bricketto (March 14, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that Consol Energy Inc. has agreed to pay a $5.5 million civil penalty for Clean Water Act violations at six of its coal mines in West Virginia.

Consol will also spend an estimated $200 million on pollution control efforts that will target chloride and other dissolved solids in mining wastewater discharged into Appalachian streams and rivers, according to the DOJ, which was joined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of West Virginia in making the announcement.

The government on Monday concurrently filed a complaint and consent decree in the case in...

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