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Ensuring Pipeline Safety
To protect environmentally sensitive areas, densely populated areas and areas of special concern, the Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) issued four rules in 2001 and 2002 to implement pipeline safety mandates. These address pipeline integrity management for high consequence areas for operators of large hazardous liquid pipelines and define areas unusually sensitive to environmental damage from pipeline releases. The new rules improve control of pipeline corrosion, reduce the potential for pipeline accidents due to corrosion, improve the reporting of accidents involving hazardous liquid pipelines, provide guidance on repair of hazardous liquid pipelines as part of the integrity management program, and extend pipeline integrity management requirements to operators with less than 500 miles of hazardous liquid pipeline. RSPA also completed the identification and mapping of the unusually sensitive areas in 2001.
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