Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 28, 2013

DEP: W.Va. coal slurry damn still being assessed


Associated Press

MORGANTOWN — State regulators say engineers are still assessing how much coal slurry is in a potentially dangerous impoundment that went uncertified by a professional engineer for more than two years.

Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kathy Cosco says Tetra Tech of Morgantown is currently surveying the North Hollow impoundment near Century in Barbour County.

Energy Marketing Co. and Dominick LaRosa of Potomac, Md., failed to respond to a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit over the site and were ordered to pay $13,500 in fines.

It wasn’t immediately clear Friday whether they have.

DEP revoked the impoundment’s permit and hired engineers to assess the structure and develop a plan to drain off the soupy wastewater.

Cosco says the scope of the work should be agreed upon by the end of July.