DEQ and Duke Energy reach $20 million settlement over coal ash-related groundwater contamination

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:00 am

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and Duke Energy signed an estimated $20 million settlement agreement today that holds Duke Energy accountable for groundwater contamination at all of its 14 coal ash facilities and requires accelerated cleanup of groundwater contamination at four sites. The agreement includes $7 million in fines and $10 - $15 million in expedited cleanup costs. Click here to read the signed agreement and here to read the order of dismissal. More information can also be found in DEQ’s press release