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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-72-008
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Synopsis: ON DECEMBER 9, 1970, A RUPTURE OCCURRED IN THE PHILLIPS PIPELINE COMPANY SYSTEM IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, MISSOURI, WHICH RELEASED 4,538 BARRELS OF PROPANE. AN EXPLOSION, EQUIVALENT TO 100,000 POUNDS OF TNT, AND A FIRE RESULTED IN EXTENSIVE PROPERTY DAMAGE WITHIN A 2 MILE RADIUS. NO FATALITIES OCCURRED, BUT TEN PERSONS SUSTAINED INJURIES.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: Review the proposals made by the hazardous materials regulation board in docket no. Hm-6a on april 18, 1969. Rulemaking should be undertaken to provide for more complete controls for the transportation by pipeline of liquefied petroleum gas. These regulations should include minimum standards for the design, construction, testing, operation, and maintenance of both new and existing pipelines. (Superseded by P-84-026)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Superseded
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Franklin County, MO, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80303
Accident Reports:
Phillips Pipeline Company, Propane Gas Explosion
Report #: PAR-72-01
Accident Date: 12/9/1970
Issue Date: 3/1/1972
Date Closed: 7/29/1985
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FRA (Closed - Superseded)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 7/29/1985
Response:

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/25/1972
Response: LETTER FROM FRA: IT IS PLANNED TO COMPLETE THE EVALUATION OF COMMENTS IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND TO INITIATE AN APPROPRIATE RULEMAKING PROPOSAL. 3/9/76 - CONTRACT STUDY, TRANSPORTATION OF HIGHLY VOLATILE AND CORROSIVE LIQUIDS BY PIPELINE. COMPLETED ON 2/9/76. 11/20/76 - ACTION PENDING OPSO REVIEW OF STUDY. 4/3/78 - DISCUSSED AT QUARTERLY MEETING, NPRM BEING DEVELOPED. 8/10/78 - NPRM PUBLISHED. CONTAINS ONLY SECTIONS ON PROCEDURAL MANUAL FOR OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND EMERGENCIES; TRAINING; COMMUNICATION; AND PUBLIC EDUCATION.