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WEST VIRGINIA MINE OPERATOR SENTENCED


WEST VIRGINIA MINE OPERATOR SENTENCED/SCROLL
FOR RELEASE:  FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 1999 

WEST VIRGINIA MINE OPERATOR SENTENCED

Wayne H. Fortney, Jr., of Morgantown, W.Va., a principal owner and 
president of Valley Mining Co. Inc., was sentenced to six months of 
confinement and was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine on Dec. 17, 1998 by the
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in
Clarksburg.  The defendant previously pleaded guilty to two counts of
violating the Clean Water Act (CWA).  Fortney violated the conditions of
his CWA discharge permit by allowing acid mine drainage to be discharged
into Maple Run in Monongalia County, W. Va., between Oct. 8, 1991 and
Sept. 25, 1992.  He also violated his permit by discharging acidic water
from a collecting pond at the Valley Mining Project site on March 23,
1992.  The case was investigated by the EPA Criminal Investigation
Division, the FBI, the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection,
and was prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.


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