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West Virginia Coal Prep Plant Fined $72K for Slurry Spill

Department of Environmental Protection, DEP
Department of Environmental Protection

  A West Virginia coal prep plant faces more than $72,200 in fines for spilling slurry into an eastern Kanawha County creek in February.

The state Department of Environmental Protection announced fines Wednesday against Patriot Coal. The Feb. 11 spill occurred at Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant in Winifrede.

The company estimated 108,000 gallons of slurry spilled into Fields Creek, a Kanawha River tributary. The spill impacted about 6 miles of stream.

A DEP order after the spill temporarily halted work at the plant, except for cleanup.

DEP issued another violation on Feb. 19 when Patriot let blackened water downstream into the Kanawha. Snow melted, raising water levels and stirring up silt in the creek. The creek overran makeshift dams.

DEP says Patriot is no longer challenging $21,600 out of the fines.

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