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Mine Back in Operation After WV Coal Slurry Spill

A north-central West Virginia coal mine is back in business about ten days after a coal slurry spill.

The Department of Environmental Protection ordered operations to cease at Coal Valley's Williams No. 2 mine near Enterprise after slurry polluted Bingamon Creek and the West Fork River.

DEP spokeswoman Kathy Cosco tells West Virginia Public Broadcasting that the company has since had an engineer certify their impoundments are at safe levels.

She says the company had to convince DEP of its ability to keep the slurry in the ponds. Its inspectors will return to the site in a few weeks.

Cosco says DEP found no evidence of harm to aquatic life.

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