WSR 04-21-048

PROPOSED RULES

UTILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION

COMMISSION

[ Filed October 18, 2004, 8:38 a.m. ]

Continuance of WSR 04-15-141.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 01-17-048.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 480-93 WAC, Gas companies--Safety, WUTC Docket No. UG-011073.

Hearing Location(s): Commission Hearing Room 206, Second Floor, Chandler Plaza Building, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504, on February 9, 2005, at 9:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: February 9, 2005.

Submit Written Comments to: Carole J. Washburn, Secretary, P.O. Box 47250, Olympia, WA 98504-7250, e-mail records@wutc.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-1150, by December 22, 2004. Please include Docket No. UG-011073 in your communication.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Mary DeYoung by February 7, 2005, TTY (360) 586-8203 or (360) 664-1133.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed rules are intended to ensure the safety of gas pipeline operations and to promote safety for the citizens of Washington state from the hazards of gas pipeline operations. The proposed rules are intended to implement the requirements of Executive Order 97-02, requiring agencies to review significant rules for need; effectiveness and efficiency; clarity; intent and statutory authority; cost and fairness. The proposal repeals some of the existing rules that are no longer necessary, adds rules to clarify existing federal rules which the commission adopts by reference, and includes new rules that are more stringent than federal rules, such as adding "new construction" as an activity included as a covered task. The proposed rules include new rules for defining "timeframes" used throughout the chapter, and addressing protection of exposed plastic pipe.

The purpose of this continuance of WSR 04-15-141 is to provide notice of a change in the adoption and hearing dates for this rule making from October 27, 2004, to December 10, 2004. In addition, the continuance is necessary to allow sufficient time for the commission to file a supplemental CR-102, Notice of proposed rule making, with the code reviser by mid-November, and allow sufficient time for interested persons to file comments concerning any changes to the proposed rule published in WSR 04-15-141.

Name of Proponent: Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Mike Rowswell, Rail Safety Manager, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 664-1265; Implementation and Enforcement: Carole J. Washburn, Executive Secretary, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 664-1174.

October 18, 2004

Carole J. Washburn

Executive Secretary

by C. Robert Wallace

Legislature Code Reviser 

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office