Con Ed Faulted in Blast Report

Thursday, February 14, 2008

State regulators have wrapped up the most extensive report so far on last July's fatal steam pipe explosion in midtown.

It says that Con Edison tried to repair the section of pipe responsible for the blast at least 2 different times over the previous 2 years.

The report, by the state Public Service Commission, says that it took months for the utility to gather the necessary materials and designs and that when they tried, the conditions in the manhole were too hot or dangerous to do the work.

The report calls Con Ed's inspection and maintenance "lax and deficient."

The utility says it will work with state regulators to ensure the safe operation of its steam system.

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