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PUC to vote on record $1.6-billion fine for PG&E in San Bruno blast
PUC to vote on record $1.6-billion fine for PG&E in San Bruno blast

California utility regulators are poised to hit Pacific Gas & Electric Co. with a record-high, $1.6-billion penalty for negligence leading to the deadly natural gas explosion in San Bruno. The penalty, if approved in a Thursday vote of the Public Utilities Commission, would dwarf all previous enforcement actions. The record penalty previously was $146 million; the total of all fines and restitution from 1999 to 2013 was $653 million. The utility faces the penalties for violating state and federal natural gas pipeline standards. The decision on punishment comes almost five years after a 1950s-era transmission line exploded in the Bay Area bedroom community, killing eight people,...

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