OPS rules on pipeline integrity management in HCAs

The US Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), part of the Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) is requiring that a hazardous-liquid pipeline operator develop and follow an integrity-management program that provides for continually assessing the integrity of all pipeline segments that could affect high consequence areas.HCAs are populated areas, areas unusually sensitive to environmental damage, and commercially navigable waterwaysOPS will make maps of HCAs available on the internet as part of the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS). This information can be downloaded for operator use. Operators who have supplied their pipeline system locatio...

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