BRICEVILLE — A coal company is being fined for illegally dumping more than a million gallons of "black water" into an Anderson County river that's home to a fish and a plant on the federal list of threatened species.
The fines from the state's Department of Environment and Conservation could total $196,000 unless Premium Coal Inc. begins quickly taking steps to upgrade its coal-washing operations in the remote Devonia community.
Regardless, the company must pay a base civil penalty of $50,000, according to TDEC's order.
Premium officials could not be reached. Local phone numbers for Premium Coal and the Baldwin Coal Preparation Plant have been disconnected.
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