DEP Files Lawsuit Against Upshur County Mine
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on February 25, 2013 @ 8:09PM
Created on February 25, 2013 @ 5:43PM
The Department of Environmental Protection has filed a lawsuit against an Upshur County coal mine that they claim is violating the state's water pollution control act.
DEP officials said Upshur Property, Inc. was given three permits in 2007 to release specific pollutants into the water., but the mine's owners exceeded the discharge limits of aluminum, iron, and manganese.
The lawsuit will allow the DEP to penalize the company, but officials said they're willing to work with them on the fines.
"What the limits are for, are called legacy of previous mining activity. So, the discharge of aluminum, iron, and manganese, are from previous mining activities that are still effecting in the community there," said Kathy Cosco, a spokeswoman for DEP.
5 News also reached out to the owners of Upshur Property Inc., but we haven't heard back. If that changes, we'll be sure to let you know.
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