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Hassan nominates special PUC commissioner

February 28. 2014 9:55PM

CONCORD — A special Public Utilities Commissioner was nominated by Gov. Maggie Hassan for the agency’s investigation of the cost of the air emissions scrubber at Merrimack Station power plant in Bow.

Manchester attorney Michael Iacopino has been nominated by the governor to sit on the case deciding how much of the scrubber’s $422 million cost Public Service of New Hampshire’s ratepayers will have to pay.

Commissioner Robert Scott recused himself from the case because of his involvement with the scrubber project as the director of the Department of Environmental Services Air Resources Division.

The Executive Council is expected to vote on Iacopino’s confirmation as special commissioner at its next meeting March 12.

State police director

At the council’s meeting Friday, Hassan also nominated Patrick McKenna of Gilford as deputy commissioner of the Department of Transportation.

If confirmed, he would succeed Michael Pillsbury who resigned. McKenna is currently director of finance for the department.

Also, the council confirmed Col. Robert Quinn of Seabrook to another term as director of the New Hampshire State Police. The term is four years.

Also confirmed to another term was Richard Bailey of Bow as director of motor vehicles. The term is also four years.

Both Department of Safety positions have an annual salary of $105,930.


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