STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An environmental group plans to sue financially-troubled coal giant Peabody Energy, claiming it doesn’t have the money to make good on its promise to clean up its mines in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
The Steamboat Today newspaper reports that WildEarth Guardians notified the St. Louis-based company Monday that it intends to file a lawsuit claiming it is violating the federal mine reclamation law. It’s required to provide 60-days notice before filing suit.
The group says the costs could end up being shifted to taxpayers.
The company says it has an excellent restoration record and that its ability to pay for its own cleanup work was reaffirmed last year in all the states where it does so. Some states require that companies post bonds to pay for reclamation work instead.