A petition drive aimed at firing the current Maryland Public Service Commission, the state's utility regulator, has collected 1,220 signatures.

"The chairman of the PSC, Douglas Nazarian, has admitted that they were slow to recognize problems at Pepco. But he is still in charge of the PSC and so are the rest of the slow responders," the petition says. "Firing the entire PSC and starting over is the best way to energize the regulatory mission of the agency and bring us the quality service that we are paying for."

The independent regulatory body is made up of five commissioners who are led by Chairman Douglas Nazarian and appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. The commissioners include a former Baltimore Gas and Energy director, a former judge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a former official with the Maryland Energy Administration and a former official in the O'Malley administration.

Started by Montgomery County Councilman Hans Riemer, D-at large, last week, after the June 29 derecho caused massive power outages, the petition will be delivered to O'Malley and the state legislature.