In This Issue

Misc. Recommendations To Change Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards

RSPA is proposing to change some of the safety standards for hazardous liquid and carbon dioxide pipelines. The changes are based on recommendations by the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR). The changes will improve the clarity and effectiveness of the present standards, such as:

  1. Specify a 6 month re-qualification requirement for welders;
  2. Specify that backfill material cannot cause damage to the pipe and coating;
  3. Require recordkeeping of temperature during a pressure test;
  4. Clarify firefighting training requirements; and
  5. Specify that the phone number on pump station and breakout tank signs must be answered 24 hours a day.

Persons interested in submitting written comments on the rules proposed in this notice must do so by November 5, 2002 (docket No. RSPA-97-2717). Late filed comments will be considered so far as practicable.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: L. M. Furrow by phone at 202-366-4559, by fax at 202-366-4566, by mail at U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20590, or by e-mail at The complete proposed rule is available on RCP’s website here.