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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 10, 20i4 13B Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reminds customers that while holiday lighting truly adds to the season, it can also significantly increase the potential for fire risk, injury and electric shock if the proper precautions aren't followed while decorating. Adding to possible safety risks, older, non-energy-efficient lighting can severely impact customers' power bills. "We're asking our customers to please be safe while trimming the tree and decking the halls over the next few weeks,? said Laurie Giammona, PG&E's chief customer officer. "Brightening our communities with holiday lights is a great tradition, but we need everyone to be aware of their surroundings to avoid electric hazards and to prevent fires. Our safety tips are simple to follow and help make sure everyone has a safe and joyful holiday." To ensure that customers remain safe throughout the holiday, PG&E offers the following safety tips that customers can use as they decorate for the season: Use LED holiday lights , Light-emitting diode (LED) lights consume 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent lights, helping customers save money on their power bills during the holiday season. LED lights produce almost no heat, making them safe to touch and greatly reducing the risk of fire. LED lights are also break resistant and shock resistant. Avoid electric hazards Look up and live! Before climbing ladders to string outdoor lights, check for overhead power lines nearby. Be especially aware of lines over your roof and lines attached to your home. Look up before raising ladders and other tall objects. Keep at least 10 feet away from overhead lines at all times. Never place yourself or any object such as a string of lights in a position that risks contact with a power line -- the result can be fatal. Before stringing lights on outdoor trees, make sure tree limbs haven't grown into or near power lines. Branches, entire trees and even the ground adjacent to a tree can become energized when trees contact power lines. Prevent fire hazards Avoid overloading extension cords and wall sockets by following the manufacturer's limits for the number of light strings that can be safely connected together. Check all light strands for cracked or broken plugs, frayed insulation or bare wires. Worn cords can cause fires, so discard damaged sets of lights. Don't place cords under rugs, furniture or other appliances. If covered, cords can oyerheat or become frayed, increasing the risk of fire. Always turn off decorative lights -- indoors and outdoors --:- when leaving the house and before going to bed. Do not place your holiday tree near a heat source such as a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, making it more susceptible to fires caused by heat, flame or sparks. Attorney general announces settlement with AT&T over hazardous waste Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley recently announced a settlement with AT&T to resolve allegations that hundreds of AT&T's California facilities unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste and material over a nine-year period. As part of the settlement, AT&T will pay $23.8 million. In addition, AT&T will spend an estimated $28 million over the next five years to implement the enhanced environmental compliance measures required by the settlement. The settlement and proposed judgment, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, requires approval from the court before becoming final, according to the Office of the Attorney General. "This settlement holds AT&T accountable for unlawfully dumping electronic waste," Harris said. "The illegal disposal of hazar bus waste can lead {o serious environmental and health risks for California communities. AT&T will be required to implement strict compliance measures at its facilities that set an example for other companies to safeguard our communities against hazardous waste." This is the first enforcement action in California against a telecommunications company for its management of electronic waste. "Today's settlement marks a great victory for California's ongoing efforts to ensure that hazardous waste is disposed of in a safe, legal and environmentally sustainable manner," said O'Malley. "Whether a small local business or a huge international company, my :"Office will pursue all necessary legal action against entities that pollute our environment. This legal action should put others on notice that local and state agencies Will continue to work together to investigate and prosecute violations against our environment." The civil enforcement action and proposed settlement against AT&T were filed in Alameda County by Harris and the O'Malley, and are the product of an investigation by the two offices together with the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The enforcement action claims that more than 235 AT&T warehouse and dispatch ' facilities throughout the state unlawfully handled and disposed of various hazardous wastes and materials over a nine-year period. Those hazardous wastes and materials primarily consisted of electronic equipment, batteries and aerosol cans, as well as certain gels, liquids and other items used by AT&T service technicians in delivering telephone, Internet and video services to residential and business customers in California. In 2011, inspectors from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office Environmental Protection "Today's settlement marks.a great victory for California's ongoing efforts to ensure that hazardous waste is disposed of in a safe, legal and environmentally sustainable H manner. Nancy E. O'Malley Alameda County District Attorney Division and investigators from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control conducted a series of waste inspections of trash receptacles belonging to AT&T warehouse and dispatch facilities. The inspections revealed that AT&T was routinely and systematically sending hazardous wastes to local landfills that were not permitted to receive those wastes. ' Upon notice of the investigation, AT&T immediately agreed to cooperate, said the Office of the Attorney General, and promptly implemented measures to halt the removal of regular trash until it could be inspected to remove any potentially hazardous wastes before reaching municipal landfills. The Office of the Attorney General also reported that AT&T has voluntarily dedicated additional resources toward environmental compliance and improving its hazardous and universal waste management compliance programs. In addition to the $23.8 million settlement payment, AT&T reports it expects to spend another $28 million over the next five years to implement enhanced environmental compliance measures required by the settlement. For example, AT&T has implemented multiple layers of protection against electronic waste getting into its regular trash, including contractor inspections of "staging bins" before their contents are deposited in trash receptacles, hundreds of unannounced receptacle inspections annually, and three independent audits over five years. If approved by the court, under the fmal judgment, AT&T must pay $18.8 million in civil penalties and costs. 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