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The Feb. 11 slurry spill at Patriot Coal Corporation’s Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant near Winifrede will cost the company a total of $72,245 in penalties.

A slurry pipeline malfunction at the Plant caused approximately 108,000 gallons of slurry to be released into Fields Creek, a tributary of the Kanawha River, which affected six miles of the stream.

Following the spill, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued an Imminent Harm Cessation Order, halting all work at the prep plant, except for cleanup activities, until the company took measures to reduce the potential for further pollution. The Order was then modified on Feb. 17 to a Notice of Violation, which allowed Kanawha Eagle to begin testing new control measures it had put in place as a result of the spill. Just two days later, The Plant received a second NOV after snow melt caused a rapid rise in stream levels on Fields Creek.

On May 29, the DEP’s Division of Mining and Reclamation filed a Consent Order under the West Virginia Water Pollution Control Act and Groundwater Protection Act. As a result of the Order, Kanawha Eagle will pay $46,817 under the Water Pollution Control Act and $3,815 under the Groundwater Protection Act.

Also under the Consent Order, Kanawha Eagle must withdraw its request for an assessment conference on civil penalties issued under the Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act. Stemming from the Imminent Harm Cessation Order and two NOVs, those penalties total $21,613.