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New York AG wants to know why Puerto Rico's power grid failed

New York Attorney General Letitia James stands at a podium in the Capitol surrounded by leaders from across the state.
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New York Attorney General Letitia James stands at a podium in the Capitol surrounded by leaders from across the state during an announcement about pushing credit card companies to release information on gun and ammunition purchases, Aug. 30, 2022.

State Attorney General Letitia James is calling on federal agencies to investigate Puerto Rico’s energy provider after a major storm left islanders in the dark.

Hurricane Fiona has caused blackouts across the island, and millions remain without power. James said the issues go back to the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which exposed the vulnerability of the island’s grid in September 2017.

James this week said after billions of dollars were spent to modernize and strengthen the system, residents continue to endure frequent outages from fires and failures. She said a federal investigation is needed to hold the company accountable for improvements to the island's power grid.

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