Michael Peevey - Poland

The Hotel Bristol Warsaw, where state regulators met with a utility executive.

By Jeff McDonald | Aug. 6, 2015 – 5:37 p.m.

  • Witness says Edison executive presented San Onofre settlement vision

The third man in the room for a secret meeting in Poland two years ago says in a sworn declaration that the Southern California Edison executive at the hotel actively participated in the undisclosed talks about the failed San Onofre nuclear plant failure.

The meeting helped shape the eventual settlement of $4.7 billion of premature shutdown costs for the plant, a settlement deal that’s now in jeopardy as a result of after-the-fact disclosures about its less-than-transparent origins.

Recent revelations about the luxury Hotel Bristol Warsaw meeting have focused on the two top executives who conferred there — Michael Peevey, former president of the California Public Utilities Commission, and Stephen Pickett, a former executive for majority plant owner Edison.

Also present was Edward Randolph, the energy division director at the utilities commission.

Randolph has filed a declaration describing the conversation and apparently contradicting what Edison has said about the meeting for months — that it was essentially a one-way chat initiated by Peevey.

The distinction is critical because parties in an open case are not permitted to initiate substantive communications with regulators unless they disclose the exchanges within three days.

Edison did not disclose the Warsaw meeting until two years later, after The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on the meeting notes being seized by criminal investigators reviewing backchannel dealings between regulators and utility executives.

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