Employees At Kleen Energy Site Mark Anniversary Of Fatal Blast

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) _ Employees of contractors rebuilding a Connecticut power plant are marking the first anniversary of an explosion that killed six of their colleagues and injured about 50 others.

Workers at the Kleen Energy Systems facility in Middletown held a private ceremony Monday, and dozens of other people also attended a memorial Mass at a local church.

The under-construction power plant exploded Feb. 7, 2010, when natural gas ignited after accumulating with air in tight quarters as workers cleaned pipes at the 620-megawatt facility.

Middletown Mayor Sebastian Giuliano said Monday that Kleen Energy and its largest contractor, O&G Industries, plan to create a memorial called Contemplation Park near the plant to honor the deceased and injured workers.

The plant has been almost completely rebuilt and is scheduled to open in April.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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