In national safety news:

A California utility will pay the largest safety-related penalty ever in connection with an explosion in 2010 that killed eight people. The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) has issued $1.6 billion in penalties to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for the unsafe operation of its gas transmission system that led to the pipeline rupture in San Bruno, California. The fine is $200,000 larger than an initial recommendation. On September 9, 2010, a gas transmission line exploded, claiming eight lives, injuring 58 people, destroying 38 homes and damaging 70 other houses. The CPCU also plans to monitor the company’s overall safety culture after the investigation to assign penalties revealed management’s “longstanding failure” to heed safety protocol recommended by regulators.

Read full coverage from Fred Hosier at Safety News Alert here.

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