Arch Coal settles water pollution violations at coal mines

Arch Coal settles with EPA, DOJ over coal mine discharges

Arch Coal Inc. (NYSE: ACI) and 14 of its subsidiaries under the International Coal Group Inc. (ICG) have agreed to upgrade operations to reduce coal-mine discharges into waters in several states.

Arch Coal must also pay a $2 million civil penalty for hundreds of Clean Water Act violations at coal mines in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Solutions include developing and implementing a compliance management system, periodic internal and third-party environmental compliance audits, maintaining a data management system to track violations, water sampling data and compliance efforts, providing training for environmental managers, and paying escalating stipulated penalties if violations continue.

The complaint from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that in the last six years, ICG operations have violated discharge limits for aluminum, manganese, iron and total suspended solids on more than 1,200 occasions, resulting in over 8,900 days of violations. Of those, 700 have been previously resolved by state enforcement actions in Kentucky and West Virginia. EPA discovered the violations through inspections of ICG facilities and projects and reviewing information.

For more on the consent decree, click here.

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