Mine Owned By W.Va Gov. Can't Escape Water Pollution Suit

Law360 (June 3, 2020, 9:07 PM EDT) -- A settlement agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doesn't bar a coalition of environmental groups' suit against a West Virginia coal company run by the state's governor, a federal court ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge David A. Faber denied Bluestone Coal Corp.'s bid to ditch a suit brought by four environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, saying their claims aren't addressed by a consent decree reached years prior. Bluestone is a unit of one of the 27 related coal companies, all of which were associated with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family, that reached the deal with the...

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