California DAs Could Sue Utilities for Unkept Power Lines Under New Proposal

A proposal that would allow counties to fine utilities like PG&E that fail to clear brush from power lines up to $100,000 per violation clears a key committee in the Assembly. Supporters argued the state’s largest utilities continue to shirk their tree-trimming responsibilities despite starting a recent rash of deadly wildfires.

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Wildfire Mitigation

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of the Regents of the University of California’s suit against FEMA relating to grants for projects intended to mitigate the risk of wildfires. The university rescinded its approval of the original project, for which FEMA provided the grants, and the revised project it wished to pursue was “materially distinct.”

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