The city of Middletown has placed a lien on the Kleen Energy power plant where an explosion killed six workers in February. The lien is to cover overtime worked by the city’s emergency crews in the wake of the disaster. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
Lawyers for Middletown say they filed the $315,000 dollar last month against Kleen Energy Systems LLC, which owns the plant. The fatal explosion February 7th also injured 26 other workers. Middletown says the lien seeks reimbursement for expenditures by the city’s fire department, as well as police and emergency management personnel.
The biggest expenditure was by the police department in guarding evidence at the site during an ongoing investigation. The city and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are still engaged in an investigation of possible criminal conduct over the explosion, but supervision of the plant has been handed back to the Kleen Energy company. The lien placed again the company can take precedence over any mortgage payments.
For WNPR, I'm Harriet Jones.