CPUC steps up consumer protection division

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

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.

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