Coal Co. Settles W.Va. Mine Waste Suit For $7.5M

Law360, New York (January 19, 2012, 4:53 PM EST) -- Patriot Coal Corp. announced Wednesday that it will pay $7.5 million and treat pollution at several West Virginia mountaintop removal coal mines to settle environmental groups' claims that the mines illegally dump selenium, a chemical that is toxic to humans in large concentrations.

Patriot and three subsidiaries will pay a $750,000 civil penalty to the U.S. government and give $6.75 million to the West Virginia Land Trust for a program to buffer riverbanks from coal mining runoff, according to a consent decree filed Wednesday in West...
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