Southern California Edison Co. said it would appeal a $576,000 fine by the California Public Utilities Commission for sloppy maintenance that contributed to 25 accidents resulting in death, injury and property damage.
A PUC administrative law judge found that the Rosemead-based utility had violated state safety regulations more than 4,700 times from 1998 to 2000 but that most of the violations were not serious. A complaint against Edison by a PUC division had recommended a fine of slightly more than $97 million.
The utility, a unit of Edison International, said it was pleased that the judge found that most of the alleged violations caused no harm, did not compromise the safety of the Edison system and were not excessive compared to those of other utilities. But the company said the order contains "several significant legal misinterpretations" on which it plans to appeal.
Nancy Rivera Brooks