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Following local attorney Mike Aguirre's demand for additional investigation into a previously unreported meeting between former California Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey and officials with Southern California Edison, operators of the now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, another California nuclear watchdog group is piling on.

On Tuesday, February 10, the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility filed a motion with the utilities commission to place sanctions on Edison for rule violations related to the meeting, which occurred in Warsaw, Poland, on March 26, 2013, but wasn't reported until February 9, 2015.

The motion, filed by Alliance attorney John L. Geesman, suggests that the late filing could have been triggered by a police raid on Peevey's house on January 27, which included in its inventory of items seized notes taken by Edison representative Stephen Pickett. Edison claims they did not have access to a copy of those notes, which are believed to have contained the framework for a settlement deal that saddled ratepayers with $5 billion in costs related to San Onofre's premature demise.

The Warsaw meeting occurred nearly seven weeks before evidentiary hearings on the first phase of the commission's investigation into the San Onofre failure began.

"[Edison]’s participant in the March 26, 2013 meeting was Stephen Pickett, described as 'former Executive Vice President of External Relations.' The significance of a manager of such senior rank committing the violation would be compounded if [Edison]’s Notice had acknowledged that Mr. Pickett is also [Edison]’s former General Counsel," reads the motion.

There's also the matter of Edison International CEO Ted Craver, who, during a June 7, 2013, media conference call, told reporters, "The last couple of days I've been on the phone with the Governor, as well as President Peevey."

The Alliance argues that, while Craver could have spoken freely with the governor, notice of contact should have been filed for any conversation with Peevey.

While Edison accompanied its belated report with a release announcing "strengthened policies concerning contact with the Commission," the watchdog group argues that such actions are too little, too late. They're asking that copies of all communications between the utility and regulator since the January 31, 2012, failure of a steam generator at San Onofre be entered into the public record, as well as any internal documents referring to such contacts.

"Seldom in the accumulated history of farming metaphors," notes Geesman, "has a barn door been closed so belatedly after the departure of the cow.”

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CaptD Feb. 12, 2015 @ 1:47 p.m.

I'm happy Michael Aguirre and Maria Severson will now demand to see everything collected otherwise to them and the public it will look as if Attorney General Kamala Harris is trying to cover-up any wrong doings by Mr. Pevey and/or Mr. Cherry, in order to protect herself, Governor Brown and perhaps even Senator B. Boxer, all of which are deeply involved in what happened in the multibillion dollar debacle now known as San Onofre Gate.

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danfogel Feb. 12, 2015 @ 2:44 p.m.

In all likelihood, Kamala Harris is going to be treplacing Boxer as the next Senator from California. There will be nothing found that will damage her chances.

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CaptD Feb. 14, 2015 @ 8:13 a.m.

Dan - What will be "found" is that she dragged her feet and/or looked the other way instead of standing up for the ratepayers of southern California, thereby allowing the CPUC to help SCE (and their 20% partner SDG&E) shift the cost of their multi-billion dollar replacement steam generator debacle from their shareholders to all their southern California's ratepayers.

More on this posted as a separate comment.

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danfogel Feb. 14, 2015 @ 9:03 a.m.

captd/founder RECYCLED COMMENT ALERT!!!

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CaptD Feb. 14, 2015 @ 8:29 a.m.

Kamala Harris's Office is a Party to the ongoing CPUC investigation proceedings, so she and her staff not only knew what was happening but they were in a unique position (as CA Lawyers) to advise the CPUC that it's ALJ's were not allowing a fair and impartial discovery process that would insure CA ratepayers would get an unbiased investigation into who was responsible for San Onofre being shut down prematurely and more importantly for most ratepayers, who should pay for it.

I know for a fact that many technical documents related to San Onofre that were sent to CA Senator Barbara Boxer, the NRC and the Media were also sent to Kamala Harris's Office, so she will have a tough time saying that she was not aware of what happened at San Onofre, since those sending the documents specifically asked for help from the Office of the Attorney General because the CPUC was not being impartial in their handling of the San Onofre Investigation, since the CPUC ALJ never even allowed discovery to take place, seeking instead, a secret settlement that would end the on-going investigation and covering up any SCE wrong doing!

Now that Michael Aguirre's Team has appealed the case to Federal Court, we are beginning to see others also get involved since any change in the amount of any new settlement almost guarantees that there will be a big reduction in what ratepayers are required to pay.

Kamala Harris will on one hand want to remain very friendly to the CA Political Leadership she is aligned with but at the same time if she does not stand up for ratepayers then she will be seen as being just another elected Politician that is Pro Big Utility, which is something that all those that run against her for the position of CA State Senate, can rightfully call her out on.

If Kamala Harris now swiftly works to complete a fair and impartial investigation into this multi-billion dollar debacle without sheltering anyone, which includes Politicians, then she will be able to separate herself from those running against her since she will be seen as working for all the people of California and not just yet another Politician that is protecting BIG Business's interests in CA.

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danfogel Feb. 14, 2015 @ 9:01 a.m.

captd/founder of course, you are entitled to your opinion, as am I. THe AG's office is not a party to the investigation, it is running it's investigation. Harris has been investigating SONGS since 2012, so it's seems a little hard to say that she has looked the other way. I repeat my previous statement. In all likelihood, Kamala Harris is going to be replacing Boxer as the next Senator from California. There will be nothing found that will damage her chances, regardless of who her opponent(s) turn out to be. In any event, we'll know the answer by June 7, 2016. As the esteemed Don Bauder himself said recently, most people in California pay little or no attention to the CPUC.

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