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WV Sierra Club sues anew over strip mine runoff

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    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

HUNTINGTON, WV (AP) — Environmental groups are suing Fola Coal Co. again for runoff from a mountaintop removal mine site that they say is contaminating West Virginia streams.

Thursday's filing in U.S. District Court in Huntington mirrors a complaint the Sierra Club and others used to win a settlement with Fola last year for the cleanup of another waterway.

In both cases, environmental groups argue the coal company has violated the state's water quality standards, which set general protections rather than numeric standards.

This case focuses on a Leatherwood Creek tributary that the groups say is tainted with sulfate and other dissolved solids.

More than 60 percent of land in the watershed is permitted for mining.

Four similar lawsuits involving eight impaired streams are pending against Alex Energy, Elk Run Coal Co. and Fola.

 

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