Southern Union Says $18M Enviro Penalty Too High

Law360, New York (February 17, 2010, 4:08 PM EST) -- Southern Union Co. has kick-started its appeal of a recent judgment ordering the natural gas provider to pay $18 million for illegally storing liquid mercury at a facility in Rhode Island, arguing that the penalty is excessive.

In a brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Tuesday, Southern Union said the $18 million penalty was more than 50 times greater than penalties imposed on companies found to have committed “far more egregious environmental crimes,” and argued that the district court...
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