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Interpretation Response #PI-84-0102

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

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June 1, 1984

Mr. V. E. Beacon
Vice President
Commereial and Division Operations
Northern States Power Company
100 North Barstow Street
P. O. Box 8
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 34702

Dear Mr. Beacon:
This responds to your letter of May 22, 1984, regarding the proposed construction of a Wilding at the Eau Claire LNG plant site. The building would house five LNG plant personnel and serve as a gas/electric meter maintenance shop.
In our opinion, the regulations in 49 CPR Part 193 do not prohibit construction of the building at the Eau Claire LNG plant site. It is important to not, however, that if the building is. to be toed in relation to any of the LNG plant processes, it would qualify as an "LNG facility" under the definition of that term in Part 193, and be subject to applicable Part 193 requirements. Moreover, even if the proposed building is not an "LNG facility", since it is to be located on the LNG plant site, it would be subject to the gas monitoring and alarm requirements of 81.93.2819(f).
We do not think that the mere housing of-ING plant personnel during the course of non-LNG related meter repair duties would be a usage sufficiently connected to LNG plied processes to qualify the building as in "LNG facility." A more direct connection to LNG processes would be required. For example, your letter said the personnel may perform security and operational response functions. If in so doing they use communication, control, or monitoring equipment that is located in the building, the building would provide a direct link to plant processes that would qualify the building as an "LNG facility." Examples of other usages that would make the building an "LNG facility's would be the housing of emergency equipment, maintenance vehicles, or maintenance materials.
We hope this information is helpful to you.

Original signed by Richard L. Beam
Associate Director for
Pipeline Safety Regulation
Materials Transportation Bureau

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
193.2001 Scope of part