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What does the resignation of LADWP head Ron Nichols mean for the agency?




LADWP general manager Ron Nichols speaks during a press conference.
LADWP general manager Ron Nichols speaks during a press conference.
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LA Department of Water and Power head, Ron Nichols, announced his resignation yesterday, which came amid growing scandals at this powerful agency.

Recently, the DWP came under fire for an electronic billing system that issued thousands of inaccurate bills to rate payers. There's also mounting questions about $40 million in revenues that were mysteriously spent by two trusts managed by Nichols and the head of DWP's biggest union.

But the DWP is more than just a political player in the city, it's also a huge force in environmental issues. KPCC's environment correspondent Molly Peterson joins the show for more on what Nichols departure means in that arena.