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Pipeline Integrity Management in High Consequence Areas – Repair Criteria

The DOT / OPS has issued the final rule concerning the repair provisions for hazardous liquid pipelines under the Pipeline Integrity Management Program. These provisions were initially proposed in the previous rulemaking action which addressed requirements for pipeline integrity management programs in high consequence areas for operators owning or operating 500 or more miles of hazardous liquid or carbon dioxide pipeline (Integrity Management rule.) In the Integrity Management rule, the DOT requested comment on the repair and mitigation provisions, because the provisions were substantially modified from those originally proposed in the notice of proposed rulemaking. The final rule also makes several non-substantive corrections and clarifications to other provisions of the Integrity Management rule.

This rule is effective May 29, 2001, except for paragraph (h) of §195.452 which takes effect February 13, 2002. For further information, contact Mike Israni, (202) 366-4571, or by e-mail:, regarding the remediation provisions in paragraph (h) or any other provisions of the integrity management rule. The entire final rule, with preamble, can be downloaded from RCP’s website here.