Duke Energy appeals civil penalty, requesting treatment consistent with the law and other companies

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Energy today issued the following statement in connection with the company's appeal, before the Office of Administrative Hearings, of a $6.6 million civil penalty issued by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) on Feb. 8, 2016, related to the Dan River incident in 2014.

Clearly, our company is accountable for the Dan River incident and we recognize the state's right to issue an appropriate penalty in a situation like this.

This appeal requests that Duke Energy be treated in a manner that is fair and consistent with the law and other North Carolina companies.         

The health of the Dan River

  • Multiple federal and state agencies have been closely studying the Dan River.
  • No physical impacts to fish or aquatic life have been observed to date.
  • The EPA stated it does not believe human health was affected by the ash release.
  • Within weeks of the incident, researchers from NC State University determined the river was safe for irrigation and livestock use.
  • Duke Energy and regulators from NC and Virginia continue monitoring the river to identify any potential long-term effects. 

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Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com

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