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§20-5J-9. Civil actions and injunctive relief.

(a) Any person who violates any provision of this article, any permit or any rule or order issued pursuant to this article shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $25,000 for each day of such violation, which penalty shall be recovered in a civil action either in the circuit court of the county wherein the violation occurs or in the circuit court of Kanawha County.

(b) The secretary may seek an injunction, or may institute a civil action against any person who violates any provision of this article or any permit, legislative rule or order issued pursuant to this article. In seeking an injunction, it is not necessary for the secretary to post bond nor to allege or prove at any stage of the proceeding that irreparable harm will occur if the injunction is not issued or that there is no adequate remedy at law. A petition for an injunction filed pursuant to this section may be filed and relief granted notwithstanding the fact that all administrative remedies provided for in this article have not been exhausted or invoked against the person or persons against whom such relief is sought.

(c) At the request of the secretary, the Attorney General, or the prosecuting attorney of the county in which the violation occurs, shall assist the secretary in any civil action under this section.

(d) In any action brought pursuant to the provisions of this section, the state, or any agency of the state which prevails, may be awarded costs and reasonable attorney's fees.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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