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PG&E Agrees to Pay $55 Million to Settle Criminal Cases Related to Kincade, Dixie Fires

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A pedestrian walks by a Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) electrical substation on January 26, 2022 in Petaluma, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In 2019 a PG&E volt transmission line failed, starting the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, and two years later, PG&E power lines sparked what became the Dixie Fire, the largest wildfire in California’s history. On Monday, the utility company reached a settlement of $55 million which allows it to escape criminal liability stemming from those fires. We’ll talk with Marketplace reporter Lily Jamali about the settlement and where the money will go.

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Lily Jamali, senior reporter, Marketplace

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