Official wanted bigger fine for Duke Energy coal ash issues
RALEIGH, NC (AP) – An assistant secretary in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality says he would have levied a heavier fine on Duke Energy than the $25.1 million it was assessed for coal ash violations.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports assistant secretary Thomas Reeder said in court filings that if it had been up to him, the fine would have been “about $50 million.” Reeder made the comments to Duke’s lawyers in a June deposition.
Reeder expected the fine would be the first in a string of large penalties against Duke. But the power company agreed in September to pay North Carolina regulators $7 million to settle allegations of groundwater pollution at its coal ash pits and to perform accelerated cleanups costing millions of dollars at four sites.
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