Calif. draws flak for aggressive efforts on wildfire settlements

02/17/2013 | Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration), The

California is drawing criticism for efforts to put companies and individuals on the hook for emergency-response and recovery costs if they are responsible for causing wildfires. Gov. Jerry Brown is urging lawmakers to increase the number of lawyers, fire accountants and investigators who handle such wildfire cases, but Sen. Jim Nielsen wants to restrict the initiatives to "irrefutable" cases. "It's clearly being abused. The state is going to try to identify as many sources of revenue for government as it possibly can, and that's what's driving it," Nielsen says.

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