Court rules against Alpha Natural in West Virginia pollution case

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

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.