Wis. utility company pays $100,000 to settle environmental violations

We Energies will pay $100,000 to settle environmental violations stemming from a 2011 bluff collapse that dumped 22,720 cubic yards of coal ash, construction debris and other materials into Lake Michigan. The utility allegedly built a retention pond and excavated in areas not approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, according to the complaint. We Energies has paid $12.1 million to clean up the site, according to an estimate by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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