(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The California Public Utilities Commission announced in a statement Tuesday that it has issued a $1.4 billion penalty against Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the largest safety-related penalty the commission had ever imposed.
The ruling comes after an investigation into the 2010 gas pipeline explosion which set fire to a San Francisco neighborhood and killed eight people.
According a commission report, Administrative Law Judges found that in total, PG&E committed 3,798 violations of state and federal laws over several years.
The penalty comes in addition to a previous ruling in which the CPUC called for safety improvements to the natual gas pipelines. The total cost of penalties and mandated improvements exceeds $2 billion.
The commission stated the penalty payment cannot come from customers.
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