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Lawsuit claims coal pollutes Mississippi River

3 years 1 month 1 week ago March 18, 2014 Mar 18, 2014 Tuesday, March 18 2014 March 18, 2014 11:42 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Janet McConnaughey

NEW ORLEANS - Three environmental groups claim in a federal lawsuit that a coal terminal south of New Orleans is polluting the Mississippi River.

The lawsuit against United Bulk Terminals alleges coal and petroleum coke fall daily from its conveyor belts at Davant and onto the river bank or into the Mississippi.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

The groups charge the company is ignoring state law, which requires immediate cleanup of spilled materials.

The groups seek fines against United Bulk under the federal Clean Water Act and want the company to be ordered to clean the river and its bank.

The United Bulk facility is one of the nation's two largest coal transport terminals, according to the Plaquemines Port, Harbor and Terminal District.

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