Coal Giant Dumped Waste Directly Into Rivers, Now Faces Criminal Charges

Posted by Mike Confino, February 24, 2015

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Duke Energy is facing multiple criminal charges for years of dumping coal waste into North Carolina’s rivers.

Federal prosecutors charged Duke with nine counts of misdemeanors under the Clean Water Act late Friday, saying that the energy company had been dumping coal ash from power plants in five North Carolina locations since at least 2010. Duke isn’t challenging the case — instead, it has already worked out a proposed plea bargain with the federal government. If approved, the bargain would require the company to pay a total of $102.2 million — $68.2 million in fines and restitution and $34 million for community service and projects to help mitigate the effects of the pollution.

via Coal Giant Dumped Waste Directly Into Rivers, Now Faces Criminal Charges | ThinkProgress.

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