Report: Feds to bill fire victims if utility doesn’t pay $4B
SAN FRANCISCO — 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 has asked for reimbursement from PG&E to cover costs from the government’s response to recent fires. 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.