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Disturbance cited

Pictured in this aerial photo from Coal River Mountain Watch is what the Raleigh County-based anti-mountaintop removal mining nonprofit says is land disturbance on Lexington Coal Co.’s Crescent No. 2 Surface Mine in Boone County.

The Lexington Coal Co. has fallen into deeper legal and regulatory trouble as authorities say the company is ignoring past orders to clean up after itself.

A federal judge castigated the company in an order last week that found the company had failed to address inconsistent compliance with standards for a pollutant that has toxic impacts on West Virginia aquatic life.

Mike Tony covers energy and the environment. He can be reached

at 304-348-1236 or mtony@hdmediallc.com. Follow

@Mike__Tony on Twitter.

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