Massey Energy Company Inc. Clean Water Act Settlement
(Washington, D.C. – January 17, 2008) Massey Energy Company, Inc. has agreed to pay a $20 million civil penalty in a corporate-wide settlement to resolve Clean Water Act violations at coal mines in West Virginia and Kentucky, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced. This is the largest civil penalty in EPA’s history levied against a company for wastewater discharge permit violations.
"In addition to the penalty, Massey will invest approximately $10 million to develop and implement a set of procedures to prevent future violations. Massey will implement an innovative electronic tracking system that allows the company to quickly address compliance problems and correct any violations of permit limits. This measure fits within a comprehensive environmental compliance program that Massey has agreed to implement, which includes in-depth internal and third-party audits, employee training, and a plan to prevent future slurry spills."
Massey will also set aside 200 acres of riverfront land in West Virginia
for conservation purposes and protection from future mining. The company is
also required to perform 20 projects downstream from mining operations.
- Press Release (1/17/08)
- Consent Decree
(PDF) (54 pp, 2M)
For additional information, contact:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2243A)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460-0001