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San Bruno Explosion Survivors Want CPUC President Replaced

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The remains of a gas line lie on the ground after an explosion September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. The explosion rocked a neighborhood near San Francisco International Airport, destroying 38 homes, killing at least 4 people, and injuring dozens.  (Photo by Eric Risberg-Pool/Getty Images)

The remains of a gas line lie on the ground after an explosion September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. The explosion rocked a neighborhood near San Francisco International Airport, destroying 38 homes, killing at least 4 people, and injuring dozens. (Photo by Eric Risberg-Pool/Getty Images)

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SAN BRUNO (CBS / AP) — Survivors of the 2010 deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno are asking Gov. Jerry Brown to replace the president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

At a news conference on Monday, they said under CPUC President Michael Peevey’s leadership, energy regulators have failed to keep the public safe.

San Bruno residents have collected more than 200 signatures for a petition calling for Peevey’s ouster.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier also has asked the governor to replace Peevey. She says he did not do enough to prevent the Sept. 9, 2010 blast that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

The commission recently decided to suspend public hearings over the explosion and hired former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell to oversee private settlement talks to determine fines for Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Brown’s office and the commission did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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