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Senate Bill No. 150

Public Act No. 04-103

AN ACT CONCERNING GAS PIPELINE SAFETY.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 16-280d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

The Department of Public Utility Control shall require any person that owns any pipeline facilities or that engages in the transportation of gas or maintains pipeline facilities within the state to maintain such records, make such reports and provide such inspections as are required by the federal act or by any regulation adopted by the department pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) of section 16-280b. If the department investigates an accident involving such a pipeline facility, the operator of the facility shall make available to the department all records and information that pertain to the accident, including, but not limited to, integrity management plans or test results, and shall afford all reasonable assistance to the department in the investigation of the accident. The department may require the filing of such information as is necessary to determine compliance with applicable standards and regulations.

Sec. 2. Section 16-280e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

(a) Any person that violates any provision of the federal act, any regulation issued under the federal act, any provision of this chapter or any regulation adopted by the department pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) of section 16-280b, shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed [twenty-five thousand dollars for each such violation for each day that such violation persists, except that the maximum civil penalty under section 16-17 or 16-271 or this section shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars for any related series of violations] the maximum civil penalty provided under 49 USC 60122(a), as amended.

(b) Any such civil penalty may be compromised by the Department of Public Utility Control. In determining the amount of such penalty, or the amount agreed upon in compromise, the department shall consider the criteria set forth in 49 USC 60122(b), as amended.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the penalties available under section 16-33.

Sec. 3. (Effective October 1, 2004) Section 16-280g of the general statutes is repealed.

Approved May 21, 2004