Coal Company Unlawfully Polluted West Virginia Water

Yeah, we only want our pollution to be lawful!
from Coal company Alpha Natural Resources violated its state-issued pollution permit by allowing toxic amounts of selenium to seep into West Virginia waters, a federal judge ruled Thursday, the latest event in the state’s ongoing coal-driven water pollution saga. In a decision first reported by the Charleston Gazette, U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers said that Alpha subsidiary Marfork Coal also violated state water quality law by allowing excess selenium from its Brushy Fork coal impoundment — one of the biggest coal waste ponds in the country — to discharge into the Brushy Fork stream in 2012. The stream is not a source of drinking water for humans, but is a source for plants and wildlife, according to the complaint.

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