US Utility Con Edison faces potential fines on safety rule breaches


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US Utility Con Edison faces potential fines on safety rule breaches

On Friday, the 15th of March 2019, a New York city regulator said that the Energy company, Consolidated Edison Inc. might face a possible financial penalty on accusations of breaching safety regulations related gas infrastructure in New York City.

In 2016, a whistleblower sent an anonymous letter, saying that the US utility contractor had been cheating over operator qualification exams and at that time, following the reveal of that letter, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) had told that an anonymous whistleblower had been accusing gas companies such as Con Edison.

According to the PSC, there had been solid proofs of cheating on at least two contractors and violations of construction requirements on gas infrastructures had also been found on multiple occasions. Citing a resentful extent of lapse in compliance found over the course of investigation, the regulator said on Friday (March 15th), “The investigation found that the company failed to inspect work completed by its contractors during construction and at sufficient intervals to ensure compliance, and that it allowed work to be completed by plastic fusers and plastic fusion inspectors who were not qualified to do the work.

As a response, a spokesman for the US energy company, Con Edison had been quoted saying that the company had been reviewing the potential breaches and would soon provide an appropriate response.