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PG&E gets OK to resume power plant demolition

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- State regulators have given Pacific Gas & Electric Co. the OK to complete demolition of a Central California power plant after an initial attempt left several people injured.

Shrapnel flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators when the Bakersfield power plant was imploded using dynamite and charges in August. Five people were injured, including a man whose leg was severed.

The Bakersfield California reports (http://bit.ly/1iROfpk) that the California Public Utilities Commission and state Division of Occupational Safety and Health have given PG&E permission to resume the work.

The utility says no explosives will be used this time. Instead, large equipment will be brought in to tear what remains of the structure down. PG&E did not say when the work would resume.

The botched implosion resulted in fines against two companies that worked as subcontractors on the project.

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Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.com

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