Regulators ignored Massey violations for years

Last week, federal prosecutors filed a massive environmental lawsuit against coal company Massey Energy and its subsidiaries. They allege that Massey Energy violated the Clean Water Act more than 4,000 times over the past six years in West Virginia and Kentucky.


Which raises the question – where were federal and state regulators all those years? Mining companies were reporting violations on a daily basis, but for years the state Department of Environmental Protection wasn’t paying attention. Scott Finn and Anna Sale report.

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