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Coakley seeks record $16 million fine for National Grid

Attorney General Martha Coakley is asking state utility regulators to levy a record fine against National Grid for what she called an inadequate ­response to power outages after Tropical Storm Irene and a rare October snowstorm.

At a press conference Thursday, Coakley recommended that National Grid pay $16.3 million for poor handling of the storms, which left hundreds of thousands of customers without power when Irene pummeled the state in August and again when a pre-Halloween storm sent snow-laden tree limbs crashing through power lines.

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