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Duke Energy pleads guilty to criminal coal-ash pollution charges

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

Citgo hit with $2 million fine for toxic emissions and migratory bird deaths

Citgo Petroleum Corp. said it will appeal a Texas federal judge’s decision to fine the oil giant more than $2 million for illegally operating oil tanks in Corpus Christi, Texas, without covers, which exposed nearby residents to a multitude of toxins, and for intentionally allowing migratory birds to die within those tanks for several years. U.S. District Judge John Rainey issued the fines to Citgo and subsidiary company Citgo Refining & Chemicals Co. for violations of the federal Clean Air Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The fines stem from the corporations’ 2007 jury convictions that Citgo operated oil-water ... Read More