Connecticut bans gas blows

The Connecticut state Senate unanimously passed a bill June 7 banning the use of natural gas to clean pipes at natural gas-fired power plants, a process known as blowing, according to Forbes.

The bill reportedly addresses safety issues that came to light following the February 2010 explosion at the 620 MW Kleen Energy natural gas-fired power plant that was under construction at the time. The blast killed six workers.

A report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board cited a buildup of gas from a blow that reached a nearby ignition source as the cause of the accident.

It puts into state law an executive order from Gov. M. Jodi Rell that banned gas blows. The bill also requires power plant developers to provide at least one special inspector to help local fire marshals inspect such facilities, the article said.

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