- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (AP) - A coalition of environmental groups says it plans to file a lawsuit over pollution at the Hobet 21 coal mining complex in Boone County.

The organizations told Patriot Coal subsidiary Hobert Mining in a letter Wednesday that they will sue if problems are not corrected within 60 days. Federal law requires a 60-day notice of intent to sue for Clean Water Act violations.

Telephone calls to Hobert Mining went unanswered Thursday, and a Patriot Coal spokeswoman did not immediately return a message.

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and the Sierra Club claim they have identified multiple violations of water quality standards at the mine complex. They say runoff from more than 20 valley fills is polluting the Mud River and its tributaries.

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