Conservation groups sue over abandoned Alabama mine

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Conservation groups are suing the Birmingham-based Drummond Co. over an abandoned coal mine.

The federal lawsuit contends the old Maxine Mine is discharging polluted, acidic water into the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River.

The complaint filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center, Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Public Justice. The groups say mine waste has filled in what was once a tributary of the stream.

The suit asks a judge to make the company clean up the waste and restore the polluted streams.

Drummond hasn’t responded to an email seeking comment.

The groups say hundreds of abandoned mine are located in the Black Warrior basin, and the Maxine site is one of the worst.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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