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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-96-011
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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 CITY OF ALLENTOWN: INSTRUCT FIRE & OTHER CITY INSPECTORS TO ADVISE FACILITY OWNERS, SUCH AS GAS COMPANIES, IMMEDIATELY ABOUT ANY SUSPECTED DAMAGE TO THEIR BURIED FACILITIES OR ANY LACK OF STRUCTURAL SUPPORT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received
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: 3/22/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, City of Allentown (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, City of Allentown
Date: 3/22/2002
Response: The Safety Board is interested in knowing whether and how its recommendations are implemented, both to ensure that the public is provided the highest level of safety, and to identify creative solutions that might be shared with others. Although on April 30, 2001, the Board requested information from the City of Allentown on actions taken or planned to implement the above three recommendations, to date, the Board has not received a response from the City of Allentown. Accordingly, Safety Recommendations P-91-19, P-96-11 and -12 are classified "Closed--Unacceptable Action/No Response Received." Should the City of Allentown provide information on the implementation of these recommendations, the Board will review the information and consider reclassifying the recommendations.

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, City of Allentown
Date: 4/30/2001
Response: To date, the Safety Board has received no response from the City of Allentown to any of these recommendations, and we would appreciate being informed of what action has been taken to implement Safety Recommendations P-91-19, and P-96-11 and -12.