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Friday, October 21, 2011

Governor Mallloy's Panel Reviewing Response To Irene Has A Big Day Ahead

Tuesday could be an informative day for the panel appointed by Gov. Dannel Malloy in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene to assess Connecticut's preparedness for natural disasters.

The meeting, which will be held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford starting at 10 a.m., will include testimony from two meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who will discuss the typical qualities of hurricanes that make it to New England and the storm surges they produce.

Members of the panel will also hear from Adam Whelchel, director of science for The Nature Conservancy. Whelchel will discuss a state of the art computer program developed by The Nature Conservancy with help from NASA's Goddard Space Institute and NOAA.

The program enables users to project future flooding impacts under different sea level rise and storm scenarios for specific neighborhoods around Long Island Sound.

Officials from The United Illuminating Co., Connecticut Light & Power and Dominion Energy, which owns and operates the Millstone nuclear power plant in Waterford, will also be providing testimony. They will discuss storm associated risk assessments involving the state's electric distribution and transmission networks as well as its power plants.

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