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Alex Energy, Elk Run Coal Company Sued Over Contaminated Water From West Virginia Mines

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Environmentalists are suing two more coal companies over pollution from mining operations in West Virginia's Boone and Nicholas counties.

The Sierra Club, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and Ohio Valley Environmental Council say that Elk Run Coal Co. and Alex Energy have contaminated headwater streams with sulfate and other dissolved solids.

The case in U.S. District Court in Charleston says runoff affects the Laurel Creek and Twentymile Creek watersheds in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

It says Elk Run's White Castle No. 1 is polluting Mudlick and Stolling forks, while Alex's Robinson North Surface Mine is polluting Robinson Fork.

The groups argue state and federal regulators have failed to address the problem.

They're employing the same legal strategy they used to win a cleanup settlement last fall with Fola Coal Co.

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