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Report: Feds to bill fire victims if utility doesn't pay $4B

Wildfire victims may be in line for a massive bill from the federal government if PG&E does not step up and cover the bill first.

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 9:03 AM
Updated: Jan 13, 2020 9:27 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) - A newspaper reports federal officials are prepared to bill wildfire victims for a portion of nearly $4 billion the government says it's owed by Pacific Gas & Electric - if the debt isn't resolved as part of the utility's bankruptcy case.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has asked for reimbursement from PG&E to cover costs from the government’s response to recent fires.

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FEMA tells the Chronicle that it is compelled to seek compensation from PG&E.

Otherwise, individual victims would be responsible if they get settlement funds that duplicate money already paid by the federal government.

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