MASSACHUSETTS AG: UTILITIES APPEAL FINES OVER IRENE RESPONSE
(The following is a reformatted version of a press release issued by the Massachusetts Attorney General Office and received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 31, 2012
AG STATEMENT ON UTILITY COMPANIES’ APPEALS OF RECORD FINES AGAINST THEM FOR POOR STORM RESPONSE
BOSTON - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley today issued the following statement regarding the decision by National Grid, NSTAR and the Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) to appeal the fines that were issued against them by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for their failed responses to the October 2011 snowstorm and Tropical Storm Irene.
“The inadequate planning and response by the utility companies left thousands of Massachusetts customers without power for far too long, and the record fines are certainly justified to hold them accountable for those failings. Our office intends to defend these fines in court.”
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