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Qualification of Pipeline Personnel: Notice of Public Meeting

The Research and Special Programs Administration’s (RSPA) Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) will conduct a public meeting at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio (Riverwalk), 123 Losoya Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Tel: 210-222-1234; Fax: 210-227-4928; Web: on January 22, 2003 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to discuss progress in implementing the operator personnel qualification (OQ) rule for gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. The meeting will provide an opportunity to review compliance with the operator qualification rule, to clarify operator qualification requirements, and to hear compliance issues from Federal and State pipeline safety personnel, industry, and the public. All persons attending the meeting will have an opportunity to comment on operator qualification compliance issues and to question the expert panel on the new operator qualification compliance protocols. OPS will present a detailed review of the development of the operator qualification inspection protocols. Pre-registered organizations and individuals will be afforded the first opportunity to make their presentations.

This meeting is free and open to the public. You may register electronically for this meeting at:;=5. Persons wishing to make a presentation or statement at the meeting should notify Janice Morgan, (202) 366-2392, no later than January 15, 2003. Although OPS encourages persons wishing to comment on operator qualification compliance and inspection protocols to participate in the public meeting, written comments will be accepted. You may submit written comments on operator qualification implementation and compliance issues to Richard Huriaux, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room 7128, 400 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, DC 20590-0001.