Court rules against Alpha Natural in West Virginia pollution case

Two Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) mountaintop removal mines in southern West Virginia illegally polluted streams, a federal judge ruled today, setting the stage for possible injunctions and civil penalties.

Environmental groups say it is the first federal court ruling acknowledging damage from high conductivity discharges; the ruling says conductivity is scientifically proven to be harmful for aquatic life.

ANR says it will appeal the ruling.

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  • 1980XLS
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    Hope & Change, in full swing I see.


    Joe Manchin's constituents not really living in Mansions.


    Looks like boxes soon
    6 Jun 2014, 07:13 PM Reply Like
  • sethmcs
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    "harmful for aquatic life" .... So is fishing.
    The idea here is to remove the mountain. Take the coal. Then put it back. Strip mines are common where I live and we have great fishing too. This pseudo science does not take into account that we have been doing strip mining for over a hundred years and the fish have survived. If the EPA is so damn concerned restock the creek when you are done.
    7 Jun 2014, 12:20 AM Reply Like
  • CCCB
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    Still driven tails in that coal coffin.
    7 Jun 2014, 08:10 AM Reply Like
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