Georgia’s Public Service Commission has approved an agreement with the city of Atlanta to resolve 67 alleged violations of a Georgia law that requires anyone digging with mechanized equipment to call 811 so underground utilities can be located and properly marked. Under the agreement, Atlanta will pay a civil penalty of $100,000 — an amount reduced from $585,000 after the city agreed to train its employees and change its excavation procedures. All city employees and subcontractors who are directly or indirectly involved with excavations will attend Commission-approved training on how to prevent damage to natural gas and other underground lines.
The members of the state ethics commission, eager to bring order to one of the most disordered corners of state government, hired a “receiver” last week to heal their agency and then did they only thing they could.
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