West Virginia coal company to pay thousands for unpermitted mine discharges

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia environmental officials say a coal company is agreeing to pay $350,000 in penalties for unpermitted mine discharges in Logan County.

The state Department of Environmental Protection said the proposed settlement with Mingo Logan Coal Co. was filed Tuesday in Logan County Circuit Court. Under the consent decree, the coal company does not admit liability for any alleged violations.

According to the DEP, the penalties stem from discharges into Proctor Hollow and Buffalo Creek in 2009.

The proposed settlement would direct $300,000 to a state fund dedicated to stream restoration. The remaining $50,000 would be given over five years to the Buffalo Creek Watershed Association.

Mingo Logan Coal is a subsidiary of Arch Coal Inc. of St. Louis.

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