Kleen Energy Bill Passed to
Help Avoid Future Disasters
The terrible catastrophe at the Kleen Energy plant last year was doubly tragic, not only due to the number of workers killed and injured, but also because we now know those casualties could have been avoided. The Thomas Commission reports that the explosion occurred after flammable gas was blown into piping to test the new plant’s system.
I helped to pass a new power plant safety bill this year that will ban this gas-blowing procedure and take additional steps to help prevent other incidents in the future. New power plants must now pay for special inspectors to assist local fire marshals in reviewing building plans and conducting site inspections during construction.
The Connecticut Siting Council will also be required to consult with the Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security and other agencies before approving any of these plans.
The victims of the Kleen Energy tragedy and their families will not soon be forgotten. The best way to honor their memory is to do all we can to ensure a similar accident never happens again.
Helping Towns Save Money on
The times remain tough, and families, businesses and government alike must look everywhere for savings. I am pleased to announce the legislature has approved a bill to allow Middletown, Cromwell and other area towns to significantly reduce wastewater treatment bills.
Middletown has long sought to join the Mattabassett District to address their wastewater treatment needs, continuing a trend toward savings through regional consolidation of public services. Once this new bill is signed into law, they will be free to do so.
It has been estimated that ratepayers elsewhere in the Mattabassett District, including in New Britain, Berlin and Cromwell, could save a total of $1.7 million a year if Middletown is allowed to join. The City of Middletown would buy a share of the current Mattabassett facility’s value, and take on a portion of the $100 million cost of needed improvements to the district’s infastructure.
Consolidation and streamlining of public services is essential in this difficult budget climate. I am very pleased to have helped make this Mattabassett District plan a reality.
Beware Online ID Phishing Scams
Earlier this year, Epsilon Interactive—a consulting and marketing company that sends over 40 billion e-mails a year on behalf of dozens of major corporations in America—announced that its security system had been breached and customer data in Epsilon’s e-mail system had been accessed.
While reportedly only names and e-mail addresses were obtained, the breach opens the door for consumers to fall victim to so-called “phishing” scams, where identity thieves try to trick people into providing vital information—like Social Security numbers, bank account numbers and PINs—by pretending to be someone they’re not.
The National Consumer League offers these helpful tips to protect yourself from phishing scams, including:
- Watch out for unsolicited e-mails asking you to “confirm” your personal information or from fraud departments asking you to verify information.
- Don’t click links within e-mails that ask for your personal information.
- Never enter your personal information into a pop-up window.
- Don’t open e-mail attachments unless you know the sender.
- Protect your computer with spam filters and anti-virus software, and keep your protection up-to-date.
- Act immediately if you’ve been hooked by a phisher, and report phishing whether you’re a victim or not. This information can help stop identity theft.