Environmental Groups Settle Pollution Suit

Apr 7, 2015

Environmental groups and Pocahontas Land Corp. have settled a lawsuit over pollution at two former coal mines in Mingo County.

Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Under a consent decree, Pocahontas agreed to apply for a permit from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that would cover discharges of pollutants from valley fills at the sites.

The company also agreed to monitor selenium pollution and report the results twice a month. Pocahontas did not admit any liability.

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin approved the consent decree last week.

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Sierra Club, and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy filed the lawsuit in 2013. The groups said discharges from the valley fills continued to pollute streams after the mines closed and regulators released their permits.