Consumers Energy To Pay $1.4M Over Deadly Mich. Gas Blasts

Law360, New York (August 13, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT) -- CMS Energy Corp. subsidiary Consumers Energy, Michigan's second-largest utility, will pay $430,000 in fines and $1 million to create a natural gas incident response fund as a result of a pair of deadly gas explosions, Michigan state authorities said Monday.

The Michigan Public Service Commission fined Consumers Energy $340,000 over a February blast in Royal Oak, Mich., which killed a 58-year-old man and damaged 30 homes, and $90,000 over a December 2010 explosion and fire in a furniture store in Wayne, Mich., that killed two employees....
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