Wegen Verstößen gegen den Gewässerschutz müssen diverse US
Bergbaufirmen Strafen zahlen. Darunter Alpha eine
rekordverdächtige Summe von 200 Mio USD.
Die New York Times berichtete am 5. März 2014:
Anfang des Berichts:
Coal Firm to Pay Record Penalty and Spend Millions on Water Cleanup in 5 States
of the nation’s biggest coal companies will pay a record civil penalty
and will spend tens of millions of dollars to clean up water flowing
from mines in five states, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department announced on Wednesday.
The company, Alpha Natural Resources, and 66 of its subsidiaries
including the former Massey Energy, will spend $200 million under a
consent decree to reduce pollution from coal mines in Kentucky,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The company will
also pay $27.5 million, the largest civil penalty ever for permit
violations under the Clean Water Act, in connection with more than 6,000
such violations from 2006 to 2013.