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Massey Energy Threatened with Lawsuit

January 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Environmental groups are threatening to sue coal giant Massey Energy, which operates coal mines in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. images-1

Groups including the Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Coal River Mountain Watch and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy say Massey has committed 12,000 violations of pollution laws. They say those violations are detailed in the company’s own quarterly reports, which Massey gives to the EPA under terms of a 2008 settlement. In that case, the EPA fined Massey $20 million for more than 4,600 cases of illegal polluting.

Since then, the groups claim, Massey violated effluent limits at several locations nearly 1,000 times. They say Massey released too much aluminum, suspended solids, iron and other pollutants from more than 100 surface and underground mines, processing plants and other facilities.

They gave the company 60 days to reach a settlement or else face a lawsuit. Read the notice of intent here:

Massey denies having broken any laws.

For more information:

Virginia Cramer
Sierra Club
Phone: 804-225-9113 x 102

Dianne Bady
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Phone: 304-360-2072



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