Coal Operator Consol Fined For Water Violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Mine operator Consol Energy has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle some 270 water pollution violations in West Virginia.

The state Department of Environmental Protection says Canonsburg, Pa.-based Consol has reached six separate agreements covering various subsidiaries, including Consolidation Coal, which would pay $252,000 for 115 violations of water pollution permits.

Consol spokesman Tom Hoffman declined to comment Tuesday.

Consol is the third coal company to settle water pollution cases with the agency recently.

Consol operates mines in Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Utah.

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