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Longview Power Seeks OK to Settle Pollution Suit

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Longview Power has asked a bankruptcy judge to allow it to settle a lawsuit alleging pollution violations by two subsidiaries.

The federal lawsuit alleges that pollution discharges by Coresco and Mepco exceeded their permits. It also says other pollutants were discharged without a required permit.

The companies deny the allegations.

The Dominion Post reports that Longview filed a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware last week seeking permission to settle the case. Under the proposed agreement, Coresco and Mepco would improve flows at two discharge sites. They also would construct equipment to collect and divert flows to a water treatment plant.

The Sierra Club and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy filed the lawsuit in West Virginia in 2012. Longview filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2013.

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