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Arch Coal agrees to pay $2M to settle pollution lawsuit

(via Arch Coal)

Updated 1:02 p.m. with company comment

Arch Coal Inc. will pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit over selenium pollution in West Virginia waterways.

The environmental groups that sued last year say the deal holds the St. Louis-based company responsible for past damage and prevents more.

Arch spokeswoman Kim Link said Monday the case involves five discharge points and subsidiaries Coal-Mac Inc. and Mingo Logan Coal Co.

She says Arch will install treatment systems and take other precautions to ensure consistent compliance with pollution limits.

The agreement in U.S. District Court requires Arch to pay $1.8 million to the West Virginia University College of Law for its Land Use and Sustainability Clinic.

Link says Arch is pleased the money is going to the clinic, which provides service to citizens, groups and local governments in three watersheds.