Duke Energy’s plea seen as a turning point in coal ash fight
GREENVILLE, N.C. — Many environmentalists see Duke Energy’s guilty plea and sentencing here last week as a potential turning point in their battle against coal ash, a turning point that could have implications well beyond North Carolina’s borders, according to The Greensboro News & Record.
In addition to socking Duke Energy with the largest criminal fine in the history of the state’s federal court system, the accompanying plea bargain requires the utility to prepare a “national environmental compliance plan” that applies to more than 30 ash ponds it operates in four other states.
It also sends a message to utilities with coal ash ponds that they could face similar federal criminal penalties — anywhere in the nation.
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