Fuel in OH River Costs Duke Energy

Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 05:11 PM gHale

A worker transferring fuel from one tank to another spilled diesel into a containment structure where a valve was left open, allowing fuel to reach the Ohio River.

As a result of that miscue, a Duke Energy business unit will pay a $1 million fine for spilling 9,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the river in 2014.

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Duke Energy Beckjord LLC admitted one misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act in the agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio.

The company will also make a $100,000 contribution to the Foundation for Ohio River Education.

Duke said it previously reimbursed government and private entities $950,000 for their costs in connection with the spill.

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