Report: Firm cited in deadly blast pays minimum fine

An image from WTNH's MIddletown skycam, showing smoke coming from the area of the Kleen Energy plant.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A company that was cited for 110 violations after a 2010 gas explosion that killed six workers at a Connecticut energy plant has so far paid only the minimum required fine for worker-safety violations.

The Hartford Courant reported Saturday that Keystone Construction & Maintenance Services of Massachusetts made its first payment of $35,715 under a formula that set a minimum total payment of $250,000 in seven annual payments beginning in 2014.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration originally proposed $6.7 million in fines against Keystone in connection with the blast at Kleen Energy Plant in Middletown.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says the minimum payment is a disservice to victims of the blast and unfair to other companies that are paying heftier fines.

The newspaper said a lawyer for Keystone declined comment.

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