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Feds to enforce safety valve use to mitigate gas explosions

Posted on October 6, 2016 2:55 pm under Fires and Explosions

In order to potentially avoid catastrophic utility gas explosions nationwide, President Barack Obama recently announced the mandatory use of safety gas valves starting in the year 2017, an article of madison.com reported on October 11.

Under the new rule, which is expected to be fully implemented next year, small businesses and apartment buildings nationwide are required to have their gas lines fit with safety valves. Infrastructures with new or replaced utility lines are covered by the rule. The valves are required because they could greatly reduce the leaking gas from a damaged pipeline. According to a 2012 investigation, the 270 gas line explosion accidents from 1968 until 2012 could have been avoided or lessened if safety valves were used. 

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