Letter to the Editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Letter to the Editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Monday, June 12, 1978 letters ' UE's Actions J-...
Monday, June 12, 1978 letters ' UE's Actions J- J- Union Electric's problems are not with . the governor or his people-minded people-minded people-minded appointees. appointees. Union Electric's problems are with a great many people of this state. Case in point: Recently UE announced that it would ', be bad public relations to demand collec-;. collec-;. collec-;. tion of $1.1 million in extraordinary '' expenses it incurred during the coal ' strike, even though a surcharge for that purpose was approved by the Public Service Commission. However, because rr-, rr-, rr-, the expenses claimed by the utility are , unverified, the commission staff is con-!,. con-!,. con-!,. ducting an audit. Now a UE vice presi-f. presi-f. presi-f. dent is quoted in the June 4 paper as say-., say-., say-., . ing that if Commissioner Slavin proceeds n: with the investigation the utility will bill y. its customers for the $1.1 million. He . , adds, "But I can't believe she'd really want that. I thought she was supposed to be some kind of consumer advocate." I thought Union Electric was engaged v- v- in a public service. But company officials continue to act so arrogantly that I am ' led to believe that they care little about ;. their customers. How else can this economic blackmail be explained? How " could a UE vice president even think of ' using such a tactic to stop a legitimate investigation by the PSC? Union Electric had better learn that ' actions speak much louder than "public ' relations" gimmicks. Continued cerpo- cerpo- rate arrogance and contempt for the 1 people will only lead to tougher regula- regula- tion of utilities. Not because the governor 1 wants it, but because the people want it. Tom Ryan

Clipped from St. Louis Post-Dispatch12 Jun 1978, MonMain EditionPage 16

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri)12 Jun 1978, MonMain EditionPage 16
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