Arch Coal to pay $4M, alter mining to curtail pollution

Mar 1, 2011

Federal officials say Arch Coal will pay $4 million in fines and change some mining practices to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.

The deal announced Tuesday is between St. Louis-based Arch, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice.

Arch will take steps to prevent 2 million pounds of pollutants from entering waterways each year. It will also use a treatment system to reduce the amount of selenium pollution.

Senior vice president Paul Lang says Arch is committed to being responsible a steward of the environment.

He says Arch had a 99 percent compliance rate between 2003 and 2010, but the company regrets past violations and is taking aggressive steps to see they aren't repeated.