The state of Connecticut has convened a commission to look into the February 7th explosion at the Kleen Energy Plant in Middletown. Five workers were killed in the incident, and 27 injured. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
The commission brings together the heads of six state agencies charged with investigating all aspects of the Kleen Energy incident. The departments of Public Utility Control, Public Safety, Consumer Protection, Labor, Emergency Management and the Environmental Protection Agency will all be involved. Judge Alan Nevas, who’s presiding over the commission told the agency heads that there are many questions to answer.
"Whether all necessary permits were obtained, whether there was sufficient onsite supervision at the time of the explosion. Were all applicable labor laws followed, were all safety measures followed, were all employees properly licensed and trained, were fire and building code provisions followed?"
The findings will be passed to a second state panel, to form the basis for recommendations about changes to legislation or regulations on the state and local level that could prevent such a tragedy from happening in the future. The commissioners will meet again in early March.
For WNPR, I'm Harriet Jones.