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Malloy Calls For Tougher Standards For Utilities, Fines If They Fall Short

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Governor Dannel Malloy announces a package of emergency response changes, in response to Tropical Storm Irene, and a damaging October snow storm. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Governor Dannel Malloy announces a package of emergency response changes, in response to Tropical Storm Irene, and a damaging October snow storm. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

Click here to read the final report of the two-storm panel.

By SUSAN HAIGH,  Associated Press

SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he plans to propose legislation that could lead to new performance standards that utilities must meet when responding to storms and emergencies.

Utilities could face fines if they do not meet the standards.

The governor presented his proposals Wednesday to improve disaster response following two storms that knocked out power for days to much of the state. He is also calling for a real-time statewide preparedness training exercise, to be held before September.

His package of proposed legislation and recommendations were unveiled at a news conference in Simsbury, where some residents were left without power for 12 days following a freak October snow storm. He said his administration is taking a “step-by-step approach” toward improving the state’s preparedness and emergency response systems.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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