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Feds: Duke Energy to plead guilty to 9,000 gallon oil spill into Ohio River

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Duke Energy is expected to plead guilty in federal court Tuesday to a 2014 spill that dumped 9,000 gallons of oil into the Ohio River, federal officials announced.

"Duke Energy Beckjord LLC has agreed to plead guilty and will be sentenced in federal court in Cincinnati Tuesday for negligent discharge of oil, Violation of the Clean Water Act" from an August 2014 spill that resulted in 9,000 gallons of diesel fuel being discharged into the Ohio River," reads a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

The spill occurred on Aug. 18, 2014, from Duke's Beckjord power plant station located 20 miles southeast of downtown Cincinnati in New Richmond, Ohio.

At the time, Duke Energy officials said it resulted from a valve left open during a routine oil transfer.

Federal officials are expected to discuss the case in a press conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

FOX19 NOW will continue to update this story throughout the day.

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