A. Every operator, as defined in § 56-265.15, having the right to install underground utility lines, as defined in § 56-265.15, except interstate gas pipelines subject to regulation by the U.S. Department of
Transportation, shall install such underground utility lines in accordance with accepted
industry standards. Such standards shall include, as applicable, standards established by the National
Electric Safety Code, the Commission's pipeline safety regulations, the Department
of Health's waterworks regulations (12 VAC 5-590-10 et seq.), and standards established by the Utility Industry Coalition of Virginia.
B. The Commission shall promulgate any rules or regulations necessary to enforce the
provisions of this section as to those operators that do not comply with such accepted
C. This section shall not authorize the Commission to order action by, or impose penalties
on, any county, city or town. However, the Commission shall inform counties, cities and towns of alleged violations
by the locality of the accepted industry standards or regulations adopted under this
section and, at the request of the locality, suggest corrective action.
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