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UBB victims' kin say Alpha owes them $1.5M each


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Relatives of three of the 29 men killed in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster say Alpha Natural Resources owes them each $1.5 million under a settlement agreement with the federal government.

A lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Beckley also claims eight other families are still awaiting payments. It asks Judge Irene Berger to enforce the settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

But Alpha spokesman Ted Pile says a similar lawsuit was dismissed, and the new complaint has no merit.

He says Alpha has fully complied with the agreement.

Massey Energy owned UBB when it exploded in 2010, but Virginia-based Alpha later bought Massey.

The victims' families say they agreed to confidential settlements of wrongful death lawsuits before the sale but didn't give up rights to additional restitution.

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