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Sierra Club accuses coal company of violations at Leslie County mine

The Sierra Club has sued a coal company, alleging environmental violations at a large surface mine in Leslie County.

The lawsuit charges that ICG Hazard LLC has discharged selenium and other pollutants into creeks near the Thunder Ridge mine in violation of federal law, state standards and its own permit conditions.

The complaint seeks several remedies, including orders for the mine to stop discharges that violate clean-water standards, and install adequate treatment facilities. It also seeks penalties of up to $37,500 per day per violation against the company.

Mary Varson Cromer, an attorney with the Appalachian Citizens' Law Center in Whitesburg, filed the suit for the Sierra Club Tuesday in U.S. District Court in London.