Kentucky seeks action against West Virginia governor’s coal companies

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LEXINGTON, KY (AP) – Regulators want the family of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice to pay a penalty and follow through on a promise to fix environmental problems at eastern Kentucky coal mines.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet asked a circuit judge this week to enforce an agreement over reclamation violations. The Lexington Herald-Leader says the agreement with Justice; his son, Jay Justice; and several family coal companies included a $3 million penalty, plus interest.

A motion filed in Franklin County seeks to revoke five permits at Justice-company mines and seize money that had previously been posted for reclamation.

An attorney for the Justice family says the state’s request is unnecessarily severe.

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