In a change of methodology for the state\u2019s aging nuclear power plants, the California Public Utilities Commission decided to keep control over the billions of dollars in funds set to be spent to decommission the facilities. Pacific Gas & Electric proposed to set its own spending limit for nuclear burial costs. If the utility came in under its own budget, then the spending would be approved with no oversight. On July 29, regulators decided to keep their own control in nuclear decommissioning cases by rejecting a utility inspired budget. At the same time, they increased the eventual budgets for radioactive burial. Commissioner Tim Simon noted that expected increases in costs are \u201creasonable.\u201d The state\u2019s decommissioning funds total about $3.6 billion. Ratepayers pay a few cents each month into the funds, which then are invested in a trust. Every three years, the state\u2019s decommissioning funds come up for review. In the last review, policy decisions were postponed. This decision ties up loose ends for the expensive and potentially hazardous end work. The CPUC approved ongoing collections from ratepayers for decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Diablo Canyon, and Humboldt plants.