Gubernatorial Hopeful's Coal Mines Settle With Feds

Sep 30, 2016

Federal officials have reached a settlement requiring $5 million in upgrades to prevent further pollution by Appalachian coal mines owned by West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice.

Credit Steve Helber / AP

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice announced the settlement with Southern Coal Corporation and 26 affiliates Friday.

A news release says the settlement resolves allegations of Clean Water Act violations from Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia mines.

Southern Coal must use an EPA-approved environmental management system, undergo internal and independent environmental compliance auditing, incorporate training, implement data tracking and evaluation measures, and pay escalating penalties for future violations.

The company faces a $900,000 civil penalty and must produce a $4.5 million letter of credit and trust to ensure work is completed.

Justice is the Democratic gubernatorial nominee.