Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 --- 5:52pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin utilities have agreed to spend more than $1 billion to clean up coal-fired power plants under a settlement with federal regulators.
The settlement was filed Monday in federal court in Madison. Under the agreement, the utilities will pay a civil penalty of $2.45 million for alleged violations of air pollution laws over the years.
Wisconsin Power & Light Co. and the other utilities also agreed to pay $8.5 million to fund a series of environmental projects over the next five years. The projects include a $5 million investment in solar power and a $2 million investment to boost power production at wind and hydroelectric projects in Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/15AJGdx) reports the settlement primarily involves Madison-based WPL, but also includes other utilities.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press