Family of electrocution victim demands answers from PEPCO

5:54 PM, Dec 11, 2013   |    comments
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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- The family of 14-year-old electrocution victim Deanna Green is demanding proof that PEPCO is complying with new regulations requiring the utility to find and fix public electrocution hazards.

"I don't know that they've done nothing, but I don't know that they have done something," said Nancy Green, who's daughter was killed in 2006.

Deanna Green died after touching a fence that had come in contact with failing underground wires in a Baltimore park.

The Green family is asking the Montgomery County Council to hold PEPCO's feet to the fire on the issue.

PEPCO has until April 2014 to comply with new Public Service Commission regulations, but advocates say the utility should share the information it has immediately in the name of public safety.

"We've been told the testing has occurred but we don't know," complained Abbe Milstein, the founder of watchdog group PowerUpMontco.

In a written statement PEPCO said the utility " in full compliance with the contact voltage rules handed down by the Commission."

"We test all of our facilities on a 3-year schedule. It's part of our ongoing inspection," the statement continued.

Pepco later reached out to WUSA9 asking us to clarify several facts:

    1. As Pepco points, out, Deanna Green died in Baltimore, which is outside of Pepco's service territory.

    2.  Our story used video from a WUSA9 investigation, which showed contact voltage problems on DC street lights.  Pepco supplies power to those lights, but it is not responsible for servicing or maintaining those lights.

   3.  Pepco says it has not received any complaints about contact voltage in its service area.


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