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Feds propose safety valves for natural gas lines

Feds propose safety valves for natural gas lines

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Obama administration moved Wednesday to significantly expand a requirement for utilities to install inexpensive safety valves on gas lines across the United States after deadly fires and explosions going back decades that officials and safety advocates said could have been avoided. The Transportation Department proposal would cover new or replaced natural gas lines serving multifamily dwellings, small businesses and homes not already covered under a 2009 mandate. The National Transportation Safety Board and other safety advocates have pressed for years to broaden requirements for so-called excess flow valves. The devices cost about $30 apiece for residential...

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