A West Virginia energy company has agreed to pay a $5.5 million civil penalty for Clean Water Act (CWA) violations at six coal mines in the state. United States v. Consol Energy, Inc., No. 11-28 (N.D. W. Va. filed 3/14/11). In a complaint filed with the proposed consent decree, DOJ claims that the six mines violated pollution-discharge limits in their CWA permits hundreds of times during the past four years. In addition to the civil penalty, the company will spend an estimated $200 million on pollution-control efforts that will target chloride and other dissolved solids in mining wastewater discharged into rivers and streams in the area. The company also agreed to pay $500,000 to the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources to resolve natural resource damage claims. The proposed consent decree is subject to public comment and court approval.