Environmentalists want coal settlement tossed

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A coalition of environmental groups is
challenging an agreement between the state and a Kentucky coal
company facing water quality violations.
The groups filed a petition in Franklin Circuit Court on
Thursday asking a judge to reject the agreement between the
Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet and Bardstown-based Nally
& Hamilton Enterprises. The agreement requires the coal company to
pay $507,000 in fines, according to the court filing.
The environmentalists say the agreement was reached in secret
and that the amount is far below what the company should owe, which
they estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars.
The groups, Appalachian Voices, Kentucky Riverkeeper,
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and Waterkeeper Alliance, have
also challenged in court agreements with two other coal companies.
Those cases have been sent to mediation.

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