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Duke Energy fined $102 million for polluting rivers with coal ash


Assistant Atty. Gen. John C. Cruden, who attended the hearing, said the Dan River spill “was a crime, and it was the result of repeated failures by Duke Energy’s subsidiaries to exercise control over coal ash facilities.”

“Duke apologized for their actions — and they should have. And they should have listened to their own employees,” he said.

Only after the spill did Duke began making serious attempts to control leaks from its coal ash dumps on the Dan River and elsewhere in the state, a federal prosecutor told the judge. “It took the third-largest coal ash spill in U.S. history … to motivate that change,” Assistant U.S. Atty. Banumathi Rangarajan told the court.

Originally published on May 14, 2015