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Jun 24, 2010 2:51 PM by Greg Boyce

Xcel Energy wants report on deaths kept secret

DENVER (AP) - Xcel Energy and a contractor are trying to delay the release of a report on a tunnel fire that killed five workers nearly three years ago.

Xcel, RPI Coating and two RPI executives have been charged in the deaths at Georgetown hydroelectric plant. They plan to argue in federal court Thursday that the release could sway potential jurors.  The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says it wants to release the report so other companies avoid making the same mistakes.

Prosecutors allege the companies knew about dangers in the tunnel and did nothing. RPI is also accused of tampering with cameras, journals and cell phones of two of the dead workers to cover up shortfalls.

All five of the workers killed worked for RPI, which is based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

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