The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that James River Coal Co. unit Triad Mining Inc. has agreed to pay an $810,000 civil penalty and to restore waterways damaged in the unpermitted excavation and filling of streams that flow into the White River.
Triad Mining had a surface mine about 70 miles north of Evansville in Knox and Sullivan counties in Indiana.
The company also has agreed to obtain the required Clean Water Act permit for stream impacts caused by its surface mining operation.
The proposed settlement still must be approved by a federal judge after a 30-day comment period.
James River Coal is based in Richmond, Va.