CPUC steps up consumer protection division

July 22, 2011 6:21:03 PM PDT
The California Public Utilities Commission is stepping up its Consumer Protection and Safety Division, following the San Bruno pipeline explosion.

Richard Clarke, who has led the division for the past 11 years, is being replaced -- a nationwide search is underway to find a successor.

The PUC's executive director describes the San Bruno explosion as a game changer.

The explosion last September destroyed 38 homes and eight people were killed.

Since then, the PUC has doubled the number of inspectors, formed a new risk assessment unit, and stepped up the testing and replacement of aging pipes.