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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-74-058
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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 REQUIRE THE MID AMERICA PIPE LINE COMPANY TO: REVIEW THE OPERATIONS OF THE PIPELINE SYSTEM IN THE LIGHT OF 49 CFR 195.402 TO INSTITUTE A MORE SYSTEMATIC AND AUTHORITATIVE APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING AND CONTROLLING HAZARDS. THIS REVIEW SHOULD COVER THE FULL LIFE CYCLE OF THE PIPELINE SYSTEM AND BE APPLICABLE TO THE DESIGN OF NEW PIPELINES, AS WELL AS TO THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF EXISTING PIPELINES.
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: 12/12/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: RSPA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 12/12/1978
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. 8/4/78 - LETTER FROM MAPCO STATING THAT A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR OPERATING PERSONNEL HAS BEEN INITIATED AND MINIMUM STANDARDS ARE ESTABLISHED FOR VARIOUS OPERATING JOBS. PIPELINE DESIGN IS CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED.