EPA Exaggerated Violations, Massey Claims

Law360, New York (May 15, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Massey Energy Co. on Tuesday fired back at a lawsuit by the Environmental Protection Agency, arguing that the regulator exaggerated the number of violations allegedly committed and overestimated monetary amounts for the alleged penalties.

"The incidents of noncompliance that occurred caused little or no adverse environmental impact in the vast majority of cases and none of the violations were intentional," Massey said. "Therefore, the company believes penalties, if any, should be significantly less than the maximum allowable per violation."

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a...
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