CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A federal judge has signed off on a
settlement requiring Massey Energy Co. to pay a record $20 million
fine for alleged pollution violations.
The agreement approved Wednesday by U.S. District Judge John T.
Copenhaver settles a complaint filed by the Environmental
Protection Agency in May 2007. The EPA had alleged that Massey
routinely polluted hundreds of streams and waterways in West
Virginia and Kentucky with sediment-filled waste water and coal
Under the agreement, Massey will invest millions of dollars for
pollution control improvements at its mines and coal facilities.
Massey officials have said the settlement would allow the
Richmond, Va.-based company to avoid costly litigation and resolve
questions about its liability for the damage.
Massey is the nation's fourth-largest coal producer by revenue
and operates 19 mining complexes in West Virginia, Virginia and