On June 5, 2012, the Boston Globe published an article detailing the results of RTI’s Investigation of the underlying cause of a catastrophic power failure in March that plunged the Back Bay and other Boston neighborhoods into darkness. The article may be read in its entirety at www.boston.com, http://articles.boston.com/2012-06-05/metro/32032508_1_nstar-blackout-power-line.
According to the article, NStar hired RTI, an independent forensic engineering firm, to investigate the cause of a massive fire at the Scotia Street substation that led to a power outage for 21,790 NStar customers. The investigation culminated in a 220-page report delivered to government officials, including the State Department of Public Utilities.
The article quoted NStar spokesman Michael Durand, who described the report as “a detailed, thorough analysis of the incident.” Regarding the operation and maintenance of the Scotia Street substation, the RTI report determined that NStar “met or exceeded industry standards.” Durand stated: “We know that RTI has made a number of recommendations,” which NStar intended to review “to determine the feasibility of each.”
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