Coal Mine's Selenium Discharge Violates CWA, Judge Says

Law360, New York (July 23, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT) -- Virginia-based mining firm A&G Coal Corp. is liable for Clean Water Act violations stemming from a selenium discharge from one of its surface mines in the state, even though it has permits to run its operations, a Virginia federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge James Jones granted summary judgment in favor of environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, finding that A&G cannot take cover under its Virginia National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit, because its permit application had not...
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