Jeff Smith noon, March 8
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Sen. Feinstein, the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, and the Sunrise Powerlink
Senator Dianne Feinstein's recent interest in Sunrise Powerlink project did startle a few people hear in San Diego County. Feinstein has apparently reached out to County Supervisor Dianne Jacob after the local supervisor expressed surprise at Feinstein's staff-supplied statement that there was no organized opposition to the San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) overhead power line proposal.
Apparently, a million-dollar fine for for SDG&E's forgetful testimony in front of the California Public Utilities Commission is not a sign of organized opposition against the SDG&E project.
It turns out that Feinstein has done a few other favors for SDG&E on the federal legislation front.
Power-line public utilities are covered under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, and federal legislation that passed during Feinstein's tenure as a sitting US senator includes laws that prevent public utilities from being liable for not following federal safety regulations... as long as the evidence of wrong-doing is coughed up during a homeland security risk assessment of screwy things being done by said public utilities or any other infrastructure-critical commercial enterprise.
I did not become aware of the immunity-from-liability gift to large corporations that are "Too Big to be Accountable" until I recently prepared for and took the IS-860 course final examination at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute.