SAN DIEGO — Former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre described being cursed at and bullied during a hearing over the defunct San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant.
Aguirre fought back in the war of words Thursday and filed legal documents protesting what he called the fraudulent bailout of the plant.
Aguirre’s concerned over how much Californians will pay for shutting down the nuke plant after a leak in one of the reactors.
The exchange happened during a May 14 hearing in San Francisco where Aguirre, now a ratepayer advocate, asked the president of the California Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey, about his possible role in the settlement.
“I’m not here to answer your goddamned questions,” Peevey told Aguirre. “Now shut up — shut up!”
Aguirre said it was shocking. He doesn’t believe the ratepayer should be on the hook for the $3.3 billion shutdown.
“It’s bad enough that they’re charging ratepayers unreasonable amounts of money and they’re not protecting them,” said Aguirre. “Now, they’re basically saying to the ratepayers, and I’m an advocate for the rate payers, ‘We don’t have to answer any of your questions. We can just do whatever we want,’ and that’s tyranny.”
Aguirre specifically wanted to know if Peevey met with plant owner Southern California Edison which would be inappropriate since the commission is supposed to be an impartial decider on whether the settlement is fair.
“We think this should come out of the investors side and not the ratepayers side,” said Aguirre.
Fox 5 asked Peevey for an interview, but received a written statement from the Public Utilities Commission stating Aguirre’s questions during the hearing were improper. No comment was offered about Peevey’s outburst.
The commission is expected to make a decision over the summer about the fairness of the settlement.