Duke Energy has agreed to spend $93 million to settle clean air violations at a southern Indiana power plant where it made
unauthorized changes that significantly boosted the plant’s air pollution.
Under a consent decree filed Tuesday
in federal court in Indianapolis, Duke has agreed to spend about $85 million to cut sulfur dioxide emissions by almost 35,000
tons per year at its coal-fired Gallagher plant near New Albany, Ind.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
says the changes at the plant directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky., will cut those emissions 86 percent from
last year’s levels.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke will also pay a $1.75 million civil penalty to resolve violations
of federal clean air laws and spend $6.25 million on environmental mitigation projects.