Edison Accused of Violating Safety Rules in 2011 Windstorm

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) —  State regulators announced that Southern California Edison violated safety rules and discarded evidence when responding to a windstorm in 2011.

The storm left over 400,000 Southern California residents without power.

A report released Monday reveals at least twenty one Edison poles were unstable due to termites and dry rot, before winds took them down.

sceA total of 248 Edison poles were knocked over, but more than 75-percent of them were destroyed by the company before they could be inspected.

The report calls on Edison to update its emergency response procedures and test them on a yearly basis.

Southern California Edison President Ron Litzinger issued a statement Monday night admitting the utility’s performance “fell short of our own expectations, as well as those of our customers, local elected officials, and the commission.”

Edison also stated that it had already made changes in response to the windstorm.

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  • VNgrunt67

    When is the CPUC going to require adequate maintenance of plant by all CA utilities?

    All CPUC members should be replaced for not doing their job!

  • James

    I live in that area and froze my but off for over three days until the power was restored. The fault is two fold, the power poles were over loaded and Temple City failed to keep or see to it that the trees in the down area were properly trimmed. Both should be heavy fined for their incompetence.

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