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UPDATED: NC Gov. McCrory briefed on Duke coal ash lawsuit (access required)

RALEIGH — North Carolina's top environmental official said Monday that he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory before intervening in lawsuits against Duke Energy, resulting in a negotiated settlement that fined the $50 billion corporation $99,111 to resolve violations over groundwater contamination leaching from two huge coal ash dumps. Environmentalists criticized the modest fines as a sweetheart deal that included no ...

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