State Regulators Blast Edison Windstorm Response in Report

The California Public Utilities Commission alleges SCE "destroyed crucial evidence."

State regulators released a scathing report Tuesday blasting Southern California Edison for the utility's response to the 2011 windstorm. The California Public Utilities Commission says Edison violated safety rules, discarded evidence and used outdated crisis plans.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports the CPUC found that Edison and other utility providers violated power pole safety standards. State regulators also called the amount of time it took SCE to restore power to 440,000 customers "inadequate."

Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Pasadena), who represents Arcadia, among several other San Gabriel Valley cities, released the following statement regarding the CPUC's findings:

"This report confirms that by following such regulations, and by asking for mutual assistance, power could have been restored more quickly."

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