Utilities Settle Spat Over Clean Water Act

Law360, New York (August 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Three utilities that own a coal-fired power plant in Oak Creek, Wis., have agreed to spend $105 million to protect Lake Michigan, and in return they will be allowed to keep a once-through cooling system that environmental groups alleged violated the Clean Water Act.

Under the settlement, announced Wednesday, We Energies, Madison Gas & Electric and Wisconsin Public Power will dedicate a combined $4 million a year from 2010 to 2035 for projects that address water quality issues in Lake Michigan, such as invasive species, polluted...
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