LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
says coal companies owned by a massive India conglomerate ran
illegal surface mines in eastern Kentucky that polluted waterways.
The EPA is alleging in a federal lawsuit that mountaintop
removal mines in three counties dumped pollutants into tributaries
of the Levisa Fork River in 2005 and 2007.
The mines were run by Trinity Coal Corporation and its
subsidiaries, all based in Scott Depot, W. Va. Trinity has been
owned since 2010 by Mumbai-based Essar Group, which owns coal
reserves around the world. Its Essar Minerals is named as a
defendant in the suit filed Wednesday in Pikeville federal court.
The suit says the companies did not obtain federal permits
A message to a spokesman for Essar was not returned on Thursday.
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