Judge: W.Va. Impoundment Violated Selenium Limit

Apr 28, 2014

  A federal judge says a coal slurry impoundment in Raleigh County has violated the state's water quality standard for selenium. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers' ruling comes in a 2012 lawsuit filed by environmental groups against Alpha Natural Resources subsidiary Marfork Coal.

The lawsuit claims Marfork's Brushy Fork impoundment has violated the company's discharge permit and state water quality standards for selenium discharges. Chambers' ruling says water samples taken in 2012 by the company and a consultant for the plaintiffs found selenium concentrations exceeding the state's limit on average levels. Alpha spokesman Steve Higginbottom tells the Sunday Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/1jX66I8 ) that the state Department of Environmental Protection recently renewed the company's permits for the Brushy Fork site. He says the company has agreed to install selenium treatment at the site.