One of the nation's largest coal producers [Alpha Natural Resources] will pay a $27.5 million fine and is set to spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into waterways across five Appalachian states.
The government says the company and its subsidiaries violated water pollution limits in state-issued permits more than 6,000 times between 2006 and 2013.
The government says they discharged heavy metals harmful to fish and other wildlife directly into rivers and streams.
Unfortunately, there are many more fossil fuel companies that are busy, right now, polluting the air, endangering water supplies, and contributing to dangerous climate change. That includes companies like Duke Energy, Freedom Industries, BP, and many more. It's long past time that the government take strong action against all of them.