HUNTINGTON Kentucky coal company was found in contempt for failing to submit court-ordered clean up plans for two West Virginia mine sites.
U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers issued the contempt ruling last week against Lexington Coal Company LLC for failing to obey a court order to file the clean-up plan.
The company had until April 16 to submit a plan to address selenium discharges and other ionic pollution at mine sites in Mingo County. The company did not apply for an extension of the deadline.
According to the Charleston Gazzette-Mail, Chambers will fine the company if it does not submit a remediation plan within ten days of the order.
Environmental groups such as Appalachian Voices, Highlands Conservancy and the Sierra Club allege the Lexington Coal Company discharged pollutants illegally at its Low Gap Surface Mine No. 2 and No. 10 Mine.