The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a Research and Special Programs Administration proposal aimed at providing extra protection to pipelines in the most sensitive areas where a failure would create the greatest threat to human lives and the environment. The regulations would improve inspection and safety standards for hazardous liquid pipelines in "high consequence areas," such as populated areas, places considered highly susceptible to environmental damage, and commercially navigable waterways. The proposed rule would require pipeline operators to develop and follow a safety program, including continuous evaluation of pipelines through internal inspections, pressure testing, or other testing. It would apply to liquid pipeline operators handling 500 mi or more of pipeline used for transportation of hazardous liquids; that is 87% of federally regulated hazardous liquid pipelines. The DOT's Office of Pipeline Safety will enforce the regulations.

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  • Publication Date: 2000-6


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  • Pagination: p. 14
  • Serial:
    • Civil Engineering News
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Civil Engineering News, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 1051-9629

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  • Accession Number: 00795625
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 10 2000 12:00AM