West Virginia DEP seeks comment on violation settlements

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More than a dozen companies have agreed to pay civil penalties totaling more than half a million dollars to
settle alleged environmental violations.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is
seeking public comment on each proposed settlement.

The Caiman Energy would pay the largest civil penalty, $223,948, to settle the DEP's allegations that contractors violated water
quality laws in February 2011 while laying a pipeline in Wetzel
County.

Ox Paperboard agreed to pay a $104,850 civil penalty to settle
alleged water pollution violations at its facility in Jefferson
County.

Other companies' proposed settlements include penalties ranging
from $37,780 to $2,010.

None of the companies admitted any wrongdoing in the proposed
settlements.


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