New odorization requirements proposed in Massachusetts

June 8, 2011 By    

A proposal by Massachusetts fire and safety officials would place new odorization requirements on the propane industry in the state. Included in the proposal is a requirement that would utilize a stain tube test or a gas chromatograph to measure the amount of odorant in propane railcars. It would also require testing and documentation that new or newly requalified containers are properly purged prior to placement into service. In addition, the proposal would address emergency and reporting procedures; require a sign identifying the “responsible party” for all installations of containers filled on site; and require documented training for anyone handling propane. The Propane Gas Association of New England is working with a committee from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Safety on details of the proposal.

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is the senior editor of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at kyanik@northcoastmedia.net or 216-706-3724.

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