Alpha Natural whacked by $27.5M water pollution fine, $200M cleanup

|About: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (ANRZQ)|By:, SA News Editor

Alpha Natural Resources (ANR -1.1%) will pay a $27.5M fine - the largest fine ever for violations of water pollution permits - and spend $200M to reduce illegal toxic discharges into hundreds of waterways across five Appalachian states, according to a proposed settlement.

The government says that during 2006-13, ANR and its subsidiaries violated water pollution limits in state-issued permits more than 6,000 times, and discharged heavy metals and other contaminants from nearly 800 outfall pipes directly into waterways.

Under the settlement, the mine operators will install wastewater treatment systems and take other measures aimed at reducing discharges from 79 active coal mines and 25 coal processing plants.