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(a)(1) By January 1, 2018, the division shall review and evaluate, and update as appropriate, its existing regulations regarding all active gas pipelines that are four inches or less in diameter, located in sensitive areas, and 10 years old or older. The division shall make a written finding of its review and evaluation of these pipelines.
(2) In its review and evaluation, the division shall consider existing pipeline integrity, pipeline leak detection, and other pipeline assessment requirements imposed by other regulators to determine which of these forms of assessment meet the division's needs.
(3) The regulations shall ensure the integrity and operation of these active gas pipelines pursuant to Sections 3106 and 3270.
(b)(1) By January 1, 2018, an operator of an active gas pipeline in a sensitive area shall submit to the division, as part of compliance with pipeline management plan requirements pursuant to Section 1774.2 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, an up-to-date and accurate map identifying the location of the pipeline and other up-to-date and accurate locational information of the pipeline as determined and in a format specified by the division.
(2) The division shall perform random periodic spot check inspections to ensure that the information submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) is accurately reported.
(3) The division shall maintain a list of active gas pipelines in sensitive areas.
(c) For purposes of this section, the following terms are defined as follows:
(1) “Active gas pipeline” means an inservice gas pipeline regardless of diameter that is within the division's jurisdiction.
(2) “Sensitive area” means any of the following:
(A) An area containing a building intended for human occupancy, such as a residence, school, hospital, or business, that is located within 300 feet of an active gas pipeline and that is not necessary to the operation of the pipeline.
(B) An area determined by the supervisor to present significant potential threat to life, health, property, or natural resources in the event of a leak from an active gas pipeline.
(C) An area determined by the supervisor to have an active gas pipeline that has a history of chronic leaks.
(d) This section does not affect or limit the authority of the supervisor pursuant to Section 3106, 3270, or any other section of this code, or any regulation implementing those sections.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - California Code, Public Resources Code - PRC § 3270.5 - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/public-resources-code/prc-sect-3270-5/
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