Statement on federal criminal charges against Duke Energy

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 12:00am

DENR statement on the criminal charges filed against Duke Energy companies on Friday by the U.S. Department of Justice:

DENR is pleased to see that the U.S. Department of Justice has conducted a thorough investigation into environmental crimes committed by Duke Energy, and that several of the criminal counts against Duke Energy are consistent with the allegations contained in DENR’s civil lawsuits filed against the utility in 2013.

Again, the department would like to point out that this proposed settlement would not resolve DENR’s civil litigation over violations at coal ash ponds, which is ongoing. We also continue to investigate violations of state groundwater standards and to maintain our enforcement partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for civil violations of the Clean Water Act.

Finally, we note that any settlement would not relieve Duke Energy of any obligations under the state’s Coal Ash Management Act.