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Tenn. fines coal company $50,000 for dumping 'black water'

March 28th, 2012 3:48 am by Bob Fowler

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.

Read the full story at the Knoxville News Sentinel Web site.

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