Duke Energy Agrees To Pay $84,000 Penalty For Coal Ash Leaks

Duke Energy Agrees To Pay $84,000 Penalty For Coal Ash Leaks

The country’s largest electricity company will pay an $84,000 penalty and work to stop potentially toxic waste from three North Carolina coal-burning power plants from leaking into groundwater and nearby rivers under a deal with state regulators announced Tuesday.

The deal, already signed by a Duke Energy Corp. executive, includes the penalty for nearly two dozen leaky spots detected at coal ash pits at the Rogers, Allen and Marshall power plants before 2015. The agreement acknowledges the leaks from unlined, earthen holding basins at the power plants into the adjoining Catawba and Broad rivers, a violation of pollution laws.

Coal ash is the residue left after decades of burning coal to generate power. It can contain toxic materials like arsenic and chromium. Read More…

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