October 2010 Vol. 237 No. 10


SHRIMP Helps Utilities Create DIMP Plans

Each operator of a gas distribution system must develop a written Distribution Integrity Management Programs (DIMP) plan no later than Aug. 2, 2011 under a rule issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Dec. 4, 2009. This rule will have a major impact on gas systems – perhaps the most significant impact since the federal government first started regulating pipeline safety in 1970. Required elements of a DIMP plan have been described in previous articles – this article focuses on one resource available to assist in creating a written plan meeting those requirements. Background In 2005 the American Public Gas Association (APGA) cr

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