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Who Should Pay for Environmental Clean-Up?

By Andrew Cullison
10 Mar 2014

Duke Energy’s coal ash storage has resulted in leaks. They are facing a potential $1 billion dollar clean-up fee. Their position is that they should should raise prices on consumers to fund the clean-up. Other argue that this should come out of company profits. What do you think?

When companies incur large penalties, should they be prevented from off-setting the costs of those penalties by raising prices?

Andrew Cullison is the director of the Cincinnati Ethics Center.
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