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PG&E says it's fixed many major safety risks on lines, poles

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric said Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that it discovered around 1,000 high-priority safety risks on its transmission lines and distribution poles over several months of inspections, though several have been fixed. A PG&E official said most of the problems have been fixed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. officials say the utility discovered around 1,000 high-priority safety risks on its transmission lines and distribution poles during several months of inspections and most have been fixed.

Sumeet Singh, vice-president of PG&E’s wildfire safety program, said Wednesday that some of the line issues mirror those that sparked November’s deadly Northern California wildfire that killed 85 people.

Singh says the safety risks found are unacceptable.

PG&E has been inspecting its equipment in high-risk wildfire areas as part of a wildfire mitigation plan it was required to submit to state regulators.

The utility has been blamed for sparking some of California’s most destructive wildfires in recent years. It filed for bankruptcy in January while facing potentially tens of billions of dollars in liability.

The Associated Press