Coal mining company hit with fine that could reach $3.25M

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has agreed to levy a stiff fine against a coal mining company which acknowledged thousands of Clean Water Act violations, effectively barring the company from operating in Kentucky in the future.

The Independent of Ashland (http://bit.ly/1QcMHbp ) reports Frasure Creek Mining and its parent companies, Trinity Coal and New Trinity, will immediately pay the state $500,000. An additional fine of $2.75 million will be levied if any of the companies apply for mining permits in Kentucky in the future.

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The agreement came in the final hours of outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration Monday and followed a five-year battle by a coalition of environmental groups.

In 2010, state officials reached a $310,000 proposed settlement with the company, but environmental groups argued that the fines weren’t high enough.

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Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com

 

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