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West Virginia Plant Faces Fines in Slurry Spill

Department of Environmental Protection, DEP

  West Virginia environmental regulators have proposed more than $21,000 in fines for a Kanawha County plant that spilled coal slurry into a creek.

The fines are for three citations issued after 108,000 gallons of slurry spilled into Fields Creek from Patriot Coal’s Kanawha Eagle preparation plant on Feb. 11.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise told the Charleston Daily Mail that the company is contesting about $20,000 in penalties associated with two orders issued after the spill. One stopped all work except cleanup at the plant. The other was a notice of violation stemming from discolored water entering the Kanawha River during cleanup on Feb. 19.

A Patriot Coal spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.