Demolition company used in Kern Power Plant implosion fired; PG&E wants to repair trust

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - PG&E will hire a new contractor to clean up the power plant demolition site after the implosion-gone-wrong August 3.

"As a company, I would say that we've learned alot in the last couple years; to regain our customers trust and we are working towards that goal," said PG&E spokesperson Denny Boyles/

The contractor who demolished the old power plant off Rosedale Highway will no longer be working for PG&E.

The utility terminated the contract of Cleveland wrecking on Friday.

Boyles said the contract was ended 'because they failed to perform to our satisfaction on the project.'

Boyles released this statement:

PG&E has made the decision to terminate its contract with Cleveland Wrecking (a wholly owned subsidiary of URS) as it has failed to perform to our satisfaction on the former Kern Power Plant project. We are in the process of securing a new contractor who will provide site cleanup services and support of the ongoing investigation of the August 3 accident. We will provide information about the new contractor and the major milestones of the project once the new contractor is secured.

PG&E’s highest priority is ensuring the safety of the public, employees and contractors and we will continue to work closely with all investigating agencies to identify the cause of this accident.

The blast earlier this month at the Kern Power Plant left 43-year-old Jerry Wood seriously injured.

 

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