Legal cases resolved
Duke Energy resolved two legal cases in 2015 related to environmental issues. Specifically, the company reached settlement agreements with:
- The U.S. government to close a federal criminal investigation of its subsidiaries – Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Business Services – related to the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill and ash basin operations at the company’s other North Carolina coal-fired power plants.
- The U.S. government and three environmental groups to end litigation against the company for alleged federal Clean Air Act violations involving maintenance and repair projects at some of the company’s coal-fired power plants in North Carolina. Duke Energy denied the allegations and maintained it complied fully with federal law. The company settled the case to avoid the cost of prolonged litigation.