FAQ-192: Whole line as HCA
Question: If an operator has a short line and wants to declare it as an HCA, and assess it respectively, does the operator have to count houses, buildings, and identified sites?
Answer: No. An operator with only a limited amount of pipeline can elect to treat its entire pipeline as an HCA and need not determine if potential impact circles contain 20 houses nor locate identified sites.
These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are intended to clarify, explain, and promote better understanding of the pipeline integrity management rules. These FAQs are not substantive rules and do not create rights, assign duties, or impose new obligations not outlined in the existing integrity management regulations and standards. Requests for informal interpretations regarding the applicability of one or more of the pipeline integrity management rules to a specific situation may be submitted to PHMSA in accordance with 49 C.F.R. § 190.11.
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