New Safety Standards After Middletown Explosion

A national safety group has joined a federal agency in urging states and regulators to ban a pipe-cleaning practice that was blamed for the deadly 2010 power plant explosion in Connecticut.

The National Fire Protection Association’s new standard prohibits crews from using natural gas to clean pipes at industrial plants, commercial developments, and other projects.

The explosion killed six plant workers. Personal injury lawyer James D. Bartolini of RisCassi & Davis is pursuing wrongful death lawsuits for two of the deceased workers.

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