Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pa. One Call Defends Costs for Safe Digging

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pa. One Call Defends Costs for Safe Digging

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HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's safe digging organization defended the cost of its system on Wednesday, reporting to legislators that the price per notification for companies with buried lines in the state is the second-lowest in the nation.

The CEO and general counsel for West Mifflin-based Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. testified during a House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing that the 45-year-old nonprofit has had annual audits, regular reviews of its compensation for employees and three rate studies by outside accounting firms that confirm the system's structure for charging buried line owners and excavators is fair.

"The average cost of a ticket nationwide is $1, but [Pennsylvania One Call System's] current ticket cost is 80 cents, or 20 percent less than the national average," said the system's general counsel, William Boswell.

Pennsylvania One Call operates the communications network that relays digging notifications to the operators of underground utility lines. …

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