PHMSA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Expanding Use of Excess Flow Valves

July 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

PHMSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to expand the use of Excess Flow Valves (EFVs), which are safety devices installed on natural gas pipelines to reduce the risk of accidents.  EFVs are currently required for new or replaced gas service lines servicing single-family residences (SFR) as defined in §192.383(a). PHMSA is proposing to make changes to Part 192 to expand this requirement to include new or replaced branched service lines servicing SFRs, multi-family residences, and small commercial entities consuming gas volumes not exceeding 1,000 Standard Cubic Feet per Hour (SCFH). PHMSA is also proposing to require the use of manual service line shut-off valve (e.g., curb valves) for new or replaced service lines with meter capacities exceeding 1,000 SCFH. Finally, PHMSA is proposing that operators notify customers of their right to request installation of an EFV on service lines that are not being newly installed or replaced. PHMSA is proposing to delegate the question of who bears the cost of installing EFVs to service lines that are not being newly installed or replaced to the operator, customer, and the appropriate State regulatory agency. The notice was transmitted to the Federal Register, which publishes the official NPRM.  Comments to the proposed rules are due 60 days after the NPRM is published in the federal register.

See more on PHMSA website here.

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