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Groups to sue BNSF, others over coal in waterways

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 SEATTLE (AP) -- Several conservation groups plan to sue Burlington Northern
Santa Fe Railway and top U.S. coal producers, claiming they discharge coal into
Washington state waterways in violation of federal law.
   The groups allege the companies discharge coal, coal chunks, coal dust and
other pollutants into state waters from rail cars that transport Rocky Mountain coal
throughout Washington.
   The Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Columbia Riverkeeper and other
groups on Tuesday notified BNSF, Arch Coal, Peabody Energy, Cloud Peak Energy and
 others of their plan to bring a citizen lawsuit under the federal Clean Water Act.
   The group says the train and rail cars are point sources of pollution, and that
 the companies should have gotten a permit for the discharges.
   A comment from BNSF Railway was not immediately available Tuesday.

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