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Environmental groups sue 2 coal companies in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A coalition of environmental groups
challenging a settlement Kentucky officials offered to two coal
companies for violations at Appalachian surface mines are suing the
companies under the Clean Water Act.

The four groups sought to block a settlement Frasure Creek
Mining and ICG reached with Kentucky officials last year over water
quality monitoring violations. The groups, including Kentuckians
for the Commonwealth and North Carolina-based Appalachian Voices, say the $660,000 total fine was too light a punishment for
allegedly falsifying water discharge reports and releasing polluted
water.

A judge in Frankfort sent that case into mediation in September.

A spokesman for St. Louis-based Arch Coal Inc., which owns ICG,
did not respond to a request for comment on the federal suit. No
one answered a call to Frasure Creek offices Wednesday.


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