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June 13, 2013
PG&E president rebuts calls by San Bruno leaders for big fine

Johns.jpgPG&E President Christopher Johns seemed resigned today to paying $2 billion-plus in fines as partial penance for the 2010 San Bruno natural gas explosion, but said the $3.8 billion sought by the city of San Bruno is over the top.

The California Public Utilities Commission is contemplating imposing a $2.25 billion fine, a sum that covers the cost of safety improvements that PG&E has performed since the blast, which leveled a neighborhood and killed eight people.

"It shouldn't be any higher than the money we have spent and we've committed to spend," Johns said, placing that number at $2.2 billion, during a visit to The Bee's editorial board today. "We certainly would like it to be less than that."

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