North Carolina’s Duke Energy pleaded guilty Thursday to nine violations of the U.S. Clean Water Act and will pay $192 million in criminal fines and restitution for illegally releasing toxic waste from five of its power plants into the environment. The energy giant’s plea is part of a settlement with federal prosecutors and concludes an investigation that began after a pipe collapsed under a coal ash waste pond in February 2014, spilling 82,000 tons of toxic waste into the Dan River on the North Carolina-Virginia border. The spill covered 70 miles of the river in toxic gray sludge – waste ... Read More
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