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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombia's government is fining U.S.-based Drummond Co. almost $3.6 million for dumping tons of coal into the ocean at a Caribbean port.

Environment Minister Luz Helena Sarmiento said in a news conference Thursday that the Alabama-based company must also clean up the beach near the resort city of Santa Marta where the spill took place almost a year ago amid rough weather.

Drummond is Colombia's second-biggest coal exporter. It didn't immediately comment on the decision.

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