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52 Pa. Code § 61.51. Steam leaks and steam emergency reports.

§ 61.51. Steam leaks and steam emergency reports.

 (a)  Emergency leaks require an immediate response to protect life and property and shall be worked continuously until repairs are completed or until the condition is no longer hazardous. An emergency leak includes any leak which could cause property damage or personal injury or any leak which, in the judgment of the operating personnel at the scene, is regarded as potentially hazardous.

 (b)  Nonemergency leaks include any leak which is not immediately hazardous at the time of discovery and can be reasonably expected to remain that way. Nonemergency leaks shall be re-examined within 6 months from the date of discovery, and repaired within a reasonable time.

 (c)  A steam leak record, identified by number, shall be used to depict the entire history of a leak from the time of discovery through repair. The record must contain information as to the nature of the repair.

 (d)  A steam utility shall record data and compile a written report of each steam leak and steam emergency leak as defined in subsection (a).

 (e)  An event log shall be kept and maintained on file recording the receipt and handling of each event and must contain all of the following information:

   (1)  The location of leak or emergency.

   (2)  The time the report is first received.

   (3)  A description as to type of leak or emergency.

   (4)  The time personnel are first dispatched to the location.

   (5)  The time of arrival of personnel at the location.

   (6)  The times of dispatch and arrival of additional personnel called to the location.

 (f)  A steam utility shall have available for inspection by the Commission’s Pipeline Safety Division, on or before the last day of each calendar month, a written summary of its performance in responding to reports of steam leaks and emergencies. The written summary shall be retained for 5 years.

 (g)  Vaporization of rain or groundwater from contact with a main or service line will not be considered a leak for the purposes of this section.


   The provisions of this §  61.51 issued under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501 and 1501.


   The provisions of this §  61.51 adopted December 1, 2017, effective December 2, 2017, 47 Pa.B. 7314.

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