April 2020, Vol. 247, No. 4

Government

PHMSA Proposes Mandatory Shutoff Valve Installation for Some Pipelines

Natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines will have to install automatic shutoff valves (ASVs), remote control valves (RCVs) or equivalent technology on all newly constructed or entirely replaced pipelines that have nominal diameters of 6 inches (152.4 mm) or greater if the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) finalizes a proposal it issued in February.  PHMSA is acting to fulfill a congressional directive issued in 2011 in the wake of serious pipeline leaks in Michigan and California. In those instances, operators were quickly aware of the leaks but were slow to respond and address the ruptures.  The dictate would be limited to 6-inch-or-greater-diameter pipelin

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