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Breaking news: Another big water pollution fine

We’ve posted a story on the Gazette Web site about some fairly big news, involving Patriot Coal Corp. agreeing to a $6.5 million Clean Water Act settlement with EPA and the Justice Department.

That story is here, and the government’s press release is here.

This comes more than a year after Massey Energy agreed to a record $20 million fine in a similar case.

Details on the Patriot deal are still coming out. The government doesn’t seem to have posted the actual settlement agreement yet, and it hasn’t been added to the federal court Pacer system either.

We’ll have more on this later, probably in tomorrow’s print edition and on the Gazette Web site.