The Latest: PG&E objects to judge’s proposals on fire risk

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on proposals by a U.S. judge aimed at preventing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing any wildfires in 2019 (all times local):12:45 p.m.Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says a judge’s proposal to prevent the utility’s equipment from causing any wildfires in 2019 would interfere with state and federal regulators, create safety risks and cost too much money.In a court filing Wednesday. PG&E said a separate criminal case being handled by U.S. District Judge William Alsup is not the right forum to address the wildfire threat.Alsup earlier this month proposed ordering PG&E to remove or trim all trees that could fall onto its power lines and to cut off power during certain wind conditions.U.S. prosecutors want Alsup to work with a court-appointed monitor to determine ways the utility could prevent its equipment from starting fires.The judge is overseeing a criminal verdict against PG&E stemming from a deadly explosion of a company gas pipelines in 2010. He is considering additional terms of probation against the utility in that case.___12:30 p.m.U.S. prosecutors are urging a federal judge to work with a court-appointed monitor to determine ways Pacific Gas & Electric Co. could prevent its equipment from starting more wildfires.In a court filing Wednesday, the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco said Judge William Alsup should refrain from immediately imposing new requirements on the utility.Alsup earlier this month proposed ordering PG&E to remove or trim all trees that could fall onto its power lines and to cut off power during certain wind conditions.PG&E said the judge’s proposals would interfere with state and federal regulators.The judge is overseeing a criminal verdict against PG&E stemming from a deadly explosion of a company gas pipelines in 2010. He is considering additional terms of probation against the utility in that case.The Associated Press

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