Nally & Hamilton Enterprises
Nally & Hamilton Enterprises is a coal company based in Bardstown, Kentucky. Nally and Hamilton is Kentucky's fourth-largest producer of coal from surface mines, which include mountaintop removal operations.
- Chestnut Flats Mine
- Collier's Creek Mine
- Jake's Creek Mine
- Lewis Creek Mine
- Mill Branch Mine
- Nally & Hamilton Enterprises Peters Knob in Kentucky, which supplies Southern Company's Plant Bowen in Georgia.
- Turkey Branch Mine
- Wilder Branch Mine
In May 2011, four environmental groups - Appalachian Voices, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Kentucky Riverkeeper and the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance - filed a federal lawsuit against the company, alleging that it falsified state water reports with repetitive or missing information and should face fines and a court action prohibiting future violations.
Over a two-year period beginning in May 2008, the company submitted at least 48 reports on discharged pollutants that repeated the same data submitted in a report for a previous month, the lawsuit says. It also alleges that the company omitted required information from its reporting 68 times over the same time period. The environmental groups said they discovered the alleged violations while reviewing state documents, showing the company cut and pasted data from previous water quality reports instead of performing tests on amounts of iron, manganese and pH levels of water discharges at surface mines in seven southeastern Kentucky counties. Officials investigated Nally & Hamilton's coal mining facilities and contract laboratory, according to the administrative complaint, which says the company could face penalties of $25,000 per day per violation.
The state's Energy and Environment Cabinet filed an administrative complaint against the coal company that alleges more than 4,600 violations of state environmental statutes and regulations. The environmental groups said they "do not consider the (state's administrative) action sufficient to stop the pattern of disregard for the Clean Water Act." The groups filed a similar action in 2010 against two West Virginia coal companies, International Coal Group and Frasure Creek Mining, which have surface mining operations in Kentucky. In an attempt to resolve the matter, the state proposed a $660,000 settlement that the companies accepted, but the environmental groups are challenging that settlement in court, saying the amount is too low.
109 South 4th Street, PO Box 157
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
Phone: +1 502 348 0084
Articles and Resources
- Dylan Lovan, "Enviro groups: Ky. coal company falsified reports" Bloomberg, March 10, 2011.
- Energy Information Administration Form 923 for 2009
- Dylan Lovan, "Suit alleges Ky coal co. filed false water reports" AP, May 12, 2011.