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AP NewsBreak: Big Fine In Coal-tainted Water Deal

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March 05, 2014 AT 10:01 AM
One of the nation's largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into hundreds of waterways across five Appalachian states, according to a proposed settlement Wednesday. The agreement includes the largest fine ever for violations of water pollution permits. Cynthia Giles, head of the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement office said "It's the biggest case for permit violations for numbers of violations and size of the penalty, which reflects the seriousness of violations."