Business: Pollution Wars

A lawsuit that turns tables

For more than a decade outraged environmentalists have marched countless companies into court on charges that they are polluting nature. But a corporation has turned the tables and sued the environmentalists for libel. One year ago, Rick Webb, 31, coordinator of West Virginia Mountain Stream Monitors Project, an environmental group, charged in his sporadically produced newsletter that the strip-mine operation of the D.L.M. Coal Corp. of Buckhannon, W. Va., had "destroyed" seven miles of trout streams on the Buckhannon River as a result of sulfuric acid and iron...

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