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Looking over Pepco’s shoulder

The July 8 editorial “An accounting for Pepco” and Metro column by Robert McCartney [“How to make the utilities toe the (power) line for us”] made valid points about the quality of Pepco’s performance and ways to improve operations in the future. But I haven’t read any suggestion that the public service commissions of Maryland and the District should put personnel at Pepco’s key operations centers during emergencies. On-site observers could release unbiased and useful assessments to the public, interact immediately with Pepco staff to analyze situations, and provide useful input for post-emergency evaluations of Pepco’s performance. 

Pepco is a public utility reporting to public regulatory agencies; the public should have its interests represented on the scene during emergencies.

Barry Kostinsky, Washington

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