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Feb 8, 2010 5:05 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Connecticut governor calls for safety review after blast

Connecticut's governor is calling for a review of state safety codes following a deadly explosion at a power plant in Middletown.

Rell announced Monday that she is creating two panels - one to identify the cause and origin of Sunday's explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems plant and any contributing factors, such as construction problems, worker safety issues and licensing or permitting matters.

The second panel of state agencies, local officials and experts will review the first panel's report and determine whether changes need to be made to Connecticut laws, state or local regulations, building or fire codes.

Rell did not give a timetable but says the reviews need to be "impartial and swift." Five workers were killed in the blast at the nearly completed 620-megawatt plant.

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