The Cabinet for Energy and Environment is touting the “outstanding mining and reclamation activity” by a coal company that it fined $11,000 for pollution discharges in July and which it continues to investigate for potential pollution at another site in a nearby county.
On Tuesday in Prestonsburg the cabinet will present Laurel Mountain Resources, a subsidiary of James River Coal, an award for the company’s reclamation of a site near Tomahawk in Martin County.
According to a press release by the cabinet, several LMR and cabinet representatives will be on hand, including Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Steve Hohmann and Brian Patton of LMR.
Last July the cabinet fined LMR $11,000 for failure to report pollutant discharges into Raccoon Creek from another reclaimed mine site in Floyd County.
The creek is on property owned by Ricky Handshoe and will no longer support aquatic life.
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