WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary
Spencer Abraham said his department would not seek to punish
(nyse: FE - news - people) for its role in the massive August
blackout because current U.S. law does not require electric
"The absence of enforceable reliablity standards creates a
situation in which there are limits in terms of federal level
punishment," Abraham told reporters. He said that while the
Energy Department planned no action against FirstEnergy, it
would forward its new investigative report into the Aug. 14
blackout to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
A FERC spokesman declined to comment on what the agency
will do with the report.
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