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California utility equipment sparked more than 2,000 fires in over three years

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Tue, 01/29/2019 - 1:04pm

Equipment owned by California’s three largest utilities ignited more than 2,000 fires in three and a half years — a timespan in which state regulators cited and fined the companies nine times for electrical safety violations.

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Private power lines, not PG&E’s, caused deadly wine country fire, state says

Published: 
Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:53am

The 2017 fire that destroyed thousands of homes in Santa Rosa, Calif., and killed 22 people was caused by private power lines, not ones owned by utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co., a long-awaited state investigation released Thursday concluded.

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Suspect shipyard contractor gets huge state deal for Camp Fire cleanup

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Mon, 01/14/2019 - 9:38pm

The state agency in charge of wildfire cleanup has awarded a contract worth as much as $250 million to the company at the center of San Francisco’s Superfund scandal — an environmental engineering firm that was caught falsifying soil tests and is being sued by the U.S. Justice Department, whistle-blowers and homeowners.

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As Trump tweets about California fires, his administration wants to expand logging

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Wed, 08/08/2018 - 1:18pm

Logging has long been among California’s most divisive environmental issues — and the controversy shows little chance of cooling as the Trump administration pushes new efforts to thin forests.