Southern Union Hit With $18M Fine In RI Mercury Case

Law360, New York (October 5, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has ordered Southern Union Co. to pay a total of $18 million for illegally storing liquid mercury at a facility in Rhode Island, which allegedly led to a hazardous spill at a nearby apartment complex, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Judge William E. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island on Friday ordered the Houston-based natural gas company to pay a $6 million criminal fine and $12 million to Rhode Island community initiatives including the Rhode Island...
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