TENAC URGES D.C. COUNCIL TO CONFIRM ELIZABETH NOEL TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (PSC)

Pepco is playing politics with the PSC, upping the ante by attempting to add a new requirement, implying that appointed officials must meet some type of quota concerning recusal before they can be confirmed. They argue that because Noel has worked as consumer advocate in the area of utilities, she has taken part in "too many" cases to be impartial, or "too many" such cases would come before her. But careers - - and government agencies - - do not work in a vaccum; qualified officials develop expertise in certain areas, which, of natural course of events, will come before them if they are appointed as a regulator, administrator, or judge in that discipline.   Or no one qualified could ever be appointed.  Environmental regulatory agencies need attorneys or administrators with expertise in that field; energy agencies need the same, as do courts, which must draw upon the universe of attorneys.  The standard practice is that judges, administrators, regulators or whatever official, simply recuse themselves when such cases come before them, when ethics or propriety require. We say stop raising the bar to impossible heights with the intent of vetoing all but utility and business-friendly appointees. CLICK FOR PRESS RELEASE

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