The Federal Regulatory Commission considers creating tougher, mandatory standards for electric utility companies. Currently, such standards are voluntary and vary from state to state. Many argue a lack of uniform requirements contributed to last August's massive blackout in the United States and Canada. NPR's Janet Babin reports.
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