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Pipeline Safety: Status of Improving Ovrsight of the Pipeline Industry
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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OPS has moved forward with its new risk-based regulatory approach- integrity management-that requires operators to develop programs that focus on the greatest risks to their pipelines. This approach differs significantly from its traditional approach of inspecting pipelines for compliance with uniform regulations establishing minimum standards. OPS plans to review and monitor these programs, which will be unique for each of more than 400 hazardous liquid and natural gas transmission operators. OPS has issued final rules requiring the phased implementation of these programs for operators of hazardous liquid pipelines. The agency also plans to issue a final rule for operators of natural gas transmission pipelines by the end of 2002.
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