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CPUC Aims to Improve Public Access to Documents

The CPUC on Feb. 13, 2013, improved and streamlined the process for the public to access certain safety related documents received or generated by the CPUC.

 

Read the Final Resolution

 

The CPUC’s regulations for public access to CPUC records, as outlined in General Order 66-C, are outdated and cumbersome, and often delay rather than facilitate access to records requested under the California Public Records Act. The CPUC’s Feb. 13, 2013, decision provides the public with more immediate access to records of safety inspections, audits, and investigations, and sets the stage for opening a formal proceeding to further revise General Order 66-C to increase the CPUC’s ability to provide documents to the public.

 

The CPUC can now disclose the following categories of safety related records, after any appropriate redactions, without requiring a vote of the CPUC or an Administrative Law Judge ruling as was needed previously: 1) CPUC-generated reports, summaries, and correspondence regarding completed CPUC safety related inspections, audits, and investigations; and 2) annual reports that gas operators file with the United States Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. These documents will be posted to the CPUC’s website.

 

Workshops will be conducted in the coming months to address remaining issues regarding disclosure of safety related records, including 1) the nature and treatment of other types of safety related records that utilities and other regulated entities provide to the CPUC, and 2) other issues regarding disclosure of CPUC-generated safety records.

 

The CPUC intends to open a Rulemaking in the near future to address improving the CPUC’s procedures regarding the public’s access to records that are not exempt under the California Public Records Act or other state or federal law, and the CPUC’s ability to process records requests and requests for confidential treatment in an efficient, well-reasoned, and consistent manner.

 

Comments on the Draft Resolution

 

Read Communications Industry Coalition Comments on Revised Res L-436 submitted January 11, 2013

 

Read Southern California Edison Company Comments on Revised Res L-436 submitted January 11, 2013

 

Read Cogeneration Association of California Comments on Revised Res L-436 submitted January 11, 2013

 

Read Joint Comments of San Diego Gas & Electric Company and Southern California Gas Company Comments on Revised Res L-436 submitted January 11, 2013

 

Read Union Pacific Railroad Company Comments on Revised Res L-436 submitted January 11, 2013

 

Read California Association of Competitive Telecommunications Companies Comments on Revised Res L-436 submitted January 11, 2013

 

Read Coalition of California Utility Employees Comments on Revised Res L-436 submitted January 11, 2013

 

Read City and County of San Francisco Comments on Revised Res L-436 submitted January 11, 2013

 

Read Division of Rate Payer Advocates Comments on Revised Res L-436 submitted January 11, 2013

 

Read California Water Association Comments on Revised Res L-436 submitted January 11, 2013

 

Read TURN Comments on Revised Res L-436 submitted January 11, 2013

 

Read PG&E Comments on Revised Res L-436 submitted January 11, 2013

 

Comments were due April 25, 2012.  On May 9, 2012, the CPUC will circulate a new version of the Draft Resolution, as modified to address comments received. The second round of comments on the modified Draft Resolution are due May 14, 2012. Comments will be posted to this page.

 

Read comments that were due April 25, 2012

 

June 19-20, 2012: Workshops*

*June 20 workshop cancelled

 

July 13, 2012: Revised Draft Resolution Issued

 

Read the comments that were due on July 27, 2012

 

  

Last Modified: 2/14/2013


 
 
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