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DOJ Targets Jim Justice’s Coal Empire As West Virginia Governor Readies 2024 Senate Bid

Posted on AllSides May 31st, 2023
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The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Republican West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s coal empire on Wednesday, accusing it of possessing millions in unpaid civil penalties. The lawsuit targets 13 coal businesses owned or operated by the Justice family, as well as the governor’s adult son. The Republican governor is the leading candidate to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in 2024. “[T]he total amount of the penalties and [Abandoned Mine Land] fees, plus interest, penalties and administrative expenses, owed by the defendants is approximately $7.6 million,” the DOJ...

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