Coal Firm to Pay for Illegal Dumping

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A proposed order in federal court says a Kentucky coal company will pay $660,000 in fines for illegally dumping mining debris into Appalachian streams.

Prosecutors say Nally & Hamilton Enterprises violated the federal Clean Water Act by dumping at mining sites in Harlan and Knox counties. A proposed consent decree filed in U.S. District Court Friday says the coal company dumped in waterways beyond the permitted limits and also dumped without a permit. The order must still be signed by a judge.

The document was filed in the same week that another coal operator, Alpha Natural Resources, agreed to pay $27.5 million for water pollution violations in five Appalachian states, including Kentucky.

An attorney for Bardstown, Ky.-based Nally & Hamilton declined to comment on the proposed order. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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