- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators have issued a $5.45 million citation against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after they say the company used contractors who lacked required qualifications to conduct corrosion inspections on the company’s natural gas system.

The California Public Utilities Commission issued the citation on Friday. The commission says PG&E; reported in September that more than 100 non-qualified contractors conducted hundreds of thousands of inspections between February and May 2014 and in November 2014.

PG&E; spokesman Donald Cutler said in a statement that the company had changed its operator qualifications process even before it reported to the CPUC and expected to complete re-inspections by the end of the year.

The commission says PG&E; has 30 days to pay or contest the citation.

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