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Utility Regulators Split Over Charging Ratepayers For Coal Ash Cleanups

May 30, 2019
State utility regulators are split over whether to charge ratepayers for coal ash cleanups, with South Carolina’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) issuing a rare ruling that finds ratepayers not responsible while North Carolina’s PUC is forcing customers to pay for a power company’s cleanup costs except for mismanagement penalties. Whether, and how, to charge ratepayers for such cleanups is rising as a major question for states that are home to power plants that must clean up spills that have contaminated...


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