- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Corsa Coal is agreeing to pay $6.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit claiming that mines, processing and shipping facilities it owns in three western Pennsylvania counties exceeded wastewater pollution limits into streams and rivers.

An agreement filed Thursday in federal court in Johnstown said the $6.5 million from Corsa Coal will be split between the federal government and the state.

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports (https://bit.ly/2bUhdpw ) that Corsa Coal’s CEO George Dethlefsen says most of the violations occurred before Corsa bought PBS Coals and its affiliates in 2014.

The money is to come from an escrow account set up for such liabilities when Toronto-based Corsa Coal bought PBS Coals.

Dethlefsen says the payment won’t affect Corsa’s operations and that it has reduced its “water quality exceedances” by 97 percent.

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