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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-74-053
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Synopsis: ON DECEMBER 6, 1973, A PIPELINE RUPTURED IN A RURAL AREA IN KANSAS, AND RELEASED 2,138 BARRELS OF ANHYDROUS AMMONIA, A VOLATILE, TOXIC MATERIAL. TWO PERSONS WHO HAD DRIVEN THROUGH THE AMMONIA VAPORS WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH BURNS TO THE EYES, NOSE, THROAT, AND LUNGS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: AMEND 49 CFR 195 TO REQUIRE LIQUID PETROLEUM PIPELINE OPERATORS TO ESTABLISH LIAISON WITH APPROPRIATE PUBLIC OFFICIALS, INCLUDING FIRE AND POLICE OFFICIALS, TO BETTER INFORM THEM OF THE CHARACTERISTICS AND HAZARDS OF LIQUID PETROLEUM AND RELATED PRODUCTS. THESE REGULATIONS SHOULD INCLUDE ANHYDROUS AMMONIA AND SHOULD BE SIMILAR TO THOSE WHICH APPEAR IN 49 CFR 192, "TRANSPORTATION OF NATURAL AND OTHER GAS BY PIPELINE; MINIMUM SAFETY STANDARDS".
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Conway, KS, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80188
Accident Reports:
Mid America Pipeline System, Anhydrous Ammonia Leak
Report #: PAR-74-06
Accident Date: 12/6/1973
Issue Date: 11/11/1974
Date Closed: 8/19/1985
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: RSPA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 8/19/1985
Response:

From: RSPA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/21/1975
Response: MEMO FROM OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY: THE RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE APPROPRIATE NOTICES OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING THAT ARE ISSUED FOR THE PLANNED REVISION OF PART 195. 4/1/78 - NPRM BEING DEVELOPED 8/10/78 - NPRM ISSUED.