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Standards for Direct Assessment of Gas and Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

The DOT has proposed regulations that would require pipeline operators to meet certain standards if they use direct assessment to evaluate the threat of corrosion on regulated onshore gas, hazardous liquid, and carbon dioxide pipelines. The standards, which are already in effect for gas transmission lines in high-consequence areas, involve processes of data collection, indirect inspection, direct examination, and evaluation. The proposed regulations should advance the use of direct assessment as a method of managing the impact of corrosion on regulated pipelines.

Persons interested in submitting written comments on the rules proposed in this document must do so by December 6, 2004 (docket RSPA-04-16855). For a complete copy of the proposed rule, contact Laura Wager at