WASHINGTON, March 1 Arch Coal Inc (ACI.N) will
pay a $4 million penalty for clean water violations at its
mining operations in three states, the U.S. Justice Department
said on Tuesday.
Arch Coal, which is the second largest U.S. coal supplier,
was charged with releasing too much iron, manganese, suspended
solids and other pollutants into streams from four of its
mining facilities in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.
"Violations at mining operations can have significant
environmental and public health consequences, including the
pollution of the waters that people use for drinking, swimming
and fishing," said Cynthia Giles, an assistant administrator at
the Environmental Protection Agency.
"It is critical that companies operating next door to
homes, schools and other businesses meet the standards
established to protect the health and the environment for these
communities," she added.
As part of the settlement, the company will take steps to
prevent an estimated two million pounds of pollution from
entering waterways. The company will also use a treatment
system to reduce releases of selenium, a pollutant from mining,
(Reporting by Tom Doggett;editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid)