Here's a compliance primer for meeting DOT's new OQ rule

04/19/1999
DOT's new Operator Qualification Rule specifies a four-part test for determining if an activity is covered. This summer, or possibly next month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Research & Special Programs Administration (RSPA) will issue its Operator Qualification (OQ) Rule that will apply to all operators of natural gas and hazardous liquids pipelines in the U.S. The rule will cause major changes in how pipeline operators train and test employees and contractors who perform operations and maintenance. Industry estimates compliance costs will exceed $200 million/year. Assuming the May 1 effective date targeted by the preliminary rule, each operator m...
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