New Orleans mulls $5M penalty over paid power plant 'supporters'
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans officials are moving closer to imposing a $5 million penalty on a major utility company over the use of secretly paid actors at public hearings last year to support plans for a new gas-fired power plant.
A city council committee on Thursday discussed the payment as part of a settlement that would allow Entergy New Orleans to proceed with the project. That angered some among a crowd of about 200 attending the meeting. Protesters shouted that the payment wasn't enough. And they want the power project scuttled over environmental concerns.
Entergy had hired a California public relations company, which hired the actors.
The settlement calls for the penalty payment to be used to help provide more reliable power for the city's troubled street drainage and drinking water system.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Louisiana Municipal Association to host hundreds at days-long convention in River Center
Full WBRZ Interview with White House Vaccination Coordinator, Bechara Choucair
LDH offering routine COVID testing to K-12 schools; EBR and Zachary on...
Metro council won't approve proposal to redirect money from libraries to drainage
WH Vaccinations Coordinator talks Louisiana surge, vaccination hesitancy