RSPA sets pipeline breakout tank rule

05/10/1999
The U.S. Transportation Department's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) has proposed tighter standards for pipeline breakout tanks. The tanks are used to relieve surges in hazardous liquid pipelines or to store liquids for continued transportation in the line. The rule, to take effect in 18 months, incorporates 13 consensus standards that the National Fire Protection Association and American Petroleum Institute have developed. The standards cover design, construction, operation, maintenance, repair, and spill prevention. RSPA has jurisdiction over 9,200 above-ground breakout tanks operated by the pipelines that it regulates. The agency said that, during 198...
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