Public Utility Environmental Remediation Costs (Watch)

Public Utility Environmental Remediation Costs (Watch)

SB 656 (Rodriguez, J.) allows a municipality to request a hearing by the Public Service Commission to determine whether a utility acted prudently in events causing environmental damage or acted prudently to remedy the damage. If such a request is made, any proceedings on cost recovery for the utility resulting from the remediation of environmental damage are stayed until the commission determines the prudence of the utility’s actions. If the commission finds the utility failed to act prudently, the bill prohibits cost recovery by the utility for the environmental remediation. (O’Hara)