UPDATED 6:27 AM PT — Thursday, January 10, 2019
A federal judge is cracking down on a California utility company over its suspected role in the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history.
Judge William Alsup proposed a series of strict new regulations Wednesday to improve safety measures at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
The proposal would require PG&E to cut-off all power during high wind conditions, regardless of how it would affect profit or customers. It also demands the company inspect all 106,000-miles of its electrical grid for any vegetation, which could fall onto the power lines.
This comes as officials accuse PG&E of failing to meet safety standards they say contributed to the ‘Camp Fire,’ which killed more than 80 people.
While the exact cause of the ‘Camp Fire’ is not yet known, PG&E is responsible for starting over a dozen fires in 2017.
The company has less than two-weeks to respond to the judge’s proposal.