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Safety Standards Set after Power Plant Blast

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:06am
the Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Federal officials are coming to Connecticut to unveil a new safety standard on how industrial gas-piping systems should be cleaned, a measure developed after the deadly 2010 Kleen Energy plant explosion.

Officials from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and National Fire Protection Association will join Connecticut U.S. representatives Rosa DeLauro and Joe Courtney and Middletown Mayor Sebastian Giuliano at the event.

It's set for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Middletown City Hall.

The officials will discuss new standards for replacing and cleaning pipes, including the "gas blow" procedure blamed for the Kleen Energy explosion that killed six workers.

The plant exploded Feb. 7, 2010, after something ignited 400,000 cubic feet of gas and air that had accumulated during that procedure, in which high-pressure gas is forced through pipes to remove debris.

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