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PG&E fined $4 million in deaths of 84 people in 2018 fire

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Posted at 11:06 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 14:06:19-04

Pacific Gas & Electric has been fined $4 million for the deaths of 84 people killed in a Northern California wildfire. The utility admitted the blaze started because of its long-neglected electrical grid.

The sentencing comes as the nation’s largest utility prepares to end a bankruptcy proceeding triggered by the catastrophe. The maximum penalty was a mere formality because PG&E had already worked it out in a plea agreement.

The deal resolves charges stemming from a November 2018 wildfire that wiped out the town of Paradise, California. The judge said if a person and not a company had committed similar crimes they would have received 90 years in prison.