Record-Breaking Enviro Fines Don't Tell Full Story

Law360, New York (October 10, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Though recent headlines over multimillion-dollar penalties levied against several energy giants may make it seem like the federal government has stepped up enforcement, in reality the picture is much more complicated, lawyers say.

The last few months have been host to a series of high-profile settlements with energy companies over environmental compliance and other issues.

In early October, the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division finally ended an eight-year legal battle with American Electric Power Corp. The company agreed to settle for a record...
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