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Kleen Energy Plant Explosion

EPA had minimal involvement in cleaning up after a large explosion on Feb. 7 at the Kleen Energy natural gas and oil powered electrical generation plant under construction in Middletown, Conn. The facility is adjacent to and uphill from the Connecticut River. The Conn. Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) told EPA it might need air monitoring help to support search and rescue operations. EPA went to the scene to assess environmental impacts and to help with air monitoring, if necessary.

Work that day focused on search and rescue and assessing the safety of the structure. The extra air monitoring equipment helped ensure the safety of search and rescue entry teams entering the building area to search for victims. By the time CTDEEP and EPA arrived, though, only one entry with search dogs was planned and the team had enough air monitoring equipment. While there, EPA and CTDEEP determined that the large bulk No. 2 oil storage tanks down slope and about a third of a mile away were safe. Also, they confirmed with company representatives that a bulk storage tank for ammonia had never been filled and presented no environmental threat.

Location: 1349 River Road, Middletown, Conn.
EPA Mobilization Date*: Feb. 7, 2010
EPA Demobilization Date*: Feb. 7, 2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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