EnergySafety will not prosecute Western Power over Toodyay bushfire

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EnergySafety will not prosecute Western Power over the 29 December 2009 Toodyay bushfire.

Confirming this today, the Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said there is insufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case that Western Power had contravened the Electricity (Supply Standards & System Safety) Regulations 2001.

“The physical evidence essential to prove such a contravention was consumed in the fire”, Mr Bowron said.

“EnergySafety’s final report of 10 August 2010 gives our opinion about how the fire started but, on legal advice, is not of itself a prima facie case against Western Power under the Regulations.”

Mr Bowron said EnergySafety had continued its investigations following release of the final report but these were inconclusive, given the absence of critical physical evidence.

Contact: Candace Beilby 9422 5208

Media release
15 Apr 2011

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