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Cairo, PSC reach agreement on 2010 fatal pipeline explosion

ATLANTA -- The Public Service Commission has agreed to a consent agreement with the city of Cairo over a natural gas pipeline explosion last year that claimed one life.

The PSC said today the agreement includes a $105,000 civil penalty that the city will pay to the PSC, along with $50,000 that Cairo officials will dedicate to the development and establishment of a regional natural gas commission.

In the Sept. 28, 2010 explosion, Cairo gas worker Wendell Harrison was killed by the blast and three others were injured while replacing corroded pipe at Fourth Street Northwest and Fourth Avenue Northwest..

In January, PSC investigators released their findings on the incident, saying several"'probable violations" occurred before the explosion. Among the violations the report cited were "prevention of accidental ignition" and a "qualification program" that investigators said were lacking.