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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-96-007
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Synopsis: ABOUT 6:45 P.M. ON 6/9/94, A 2-INCH-DIAMETER STEEL GAS SERVICE LINE THAT HAD BEEN EXPOSED DURING EXCAVATION SEPARATED AT A COMPRESSION COUPLING ABOUT 5 FEET FROM THE NORTH WALL OF JOHN T. GROSS TOWERS, AN EIGHT-STORY RETIREMENT HOME OPERATED BY THE ALLENTOWN HOUSING AUTHORITY AT ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. THE FAILED UGI UTILITIES, INC,. (UGI) SERVICE LINE RELEASED NATAURAL GAS AT 55 PSIG PRESSURE, & THE ESCAPING GAS FLOWED UNDERGROUND TO GROSS TOWERS. THE GAS PASSED THROUGH OPENINGS IN THE BUILDING FOUNDATION, ENTERED THE MECHANICAL ROOM THROUGH FLOOR VENTS, & MIGRATED TO OTHER BUILDING FLOORS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION ASSOCIATES, INC.: INSTRUCT ITS EMPLOYEES ON ACTIONS TO TAKE WHEN BURIED FACILITIES, SUCH AS GAS LINES, ARE UNSUPPORTED OR DAMAGED; SUCH ACTIONS SHOULD INCLUDE ALERTING LOCAL RESPONSE AGENCIES & RESIDENTS OF THREATENED BUILDINGS, INITIATING EVACUATIONS, & NOTIFYING FACILITY OWNERS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Allentown, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA94MP003
Accident Reports:
UGI Utilities, Inc., Natural Gas Distribution Pipeline Explosion and Fire
Report #: PAR-96-01
Accident Date: 6/9/1994
Issue Date: 3/6/1996
Date Closed: 9/11/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Environmental Preservation Associates, Inc. (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Environmental Preservation Associates, Inc.
Date: 9/11/2001
Response: P-96-7 is classified "Closed--No Longer Applicable" as EPA is no longer in business.