WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) - 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, into streams.
(Reporting by Tom Doggett;editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid)