Pacific Gas & Electric Company Settlement
Pacific Gas & Electric Company Settles For $233,600
In August 2022, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reached a settlement with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), with its principal location in San Francisco, California, in the amount of $233,600 for the company’s violation of CARB’s air quality regulations.
An investigation conducted by CARB staff showed that PG&E failed to provide accurate 2018 and 2019 reports. CARB documented violations as they related to the Regulation for Reducing Sulfur Hexafluoride Emissions from Gas Insulated Switchgear (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 17 § 95350, et seq.).
PG&E fully cooperated with CARB to resolve this matter. To settle the case, PG&E agreed to the penalty of $320 per day for a total of $233,600. Of the total amount, $116,800 will be deposited into CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California’s air quality. The remaining amount of $116,800 will fund the Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) entitled Urban Wood Utilization, with the Sacramento Tree Foundation. This SEP ensures that logs are diverted from landfills and repurposed as milled lumber to reduce urban waste streams, sequester and store carbon, and mitigate the effects of climate change.