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Senate Bill 0487


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Senate Bill 0487

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF SB487 (Updated April 20, 2009 2:33 pm - DI 84)

Underground plant protection. Requires the operator of an underground facility to join the Indiana Underground Plant Protection Service (IUPPS) or its successor organization. Imposes a civil penalty if an operator fails to maintain IUPPS membership. Requires an operator to provide information concerning the locations of its underground facilities to the IUPPS. Provides that the operator of a pipeline facility that provides incorrect facility locate markings may be subject to a civil penalty under certain circumstances. Establishes the underground plant protection advisory committee (advisory committee). Authorizes the advisory committee to recommend penalties to the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC) for persons that violate the underground plant protection statute. Establishes the underground plant protection account to receive deposits of civil penalties. Deletes obsolete provisions requiring operators to record underground facility locations with county recorders. Beginning July 1, 2010, requires the IURC to report to the regulatory flexibility committee on best practices concerning vertical location of underground facilities. Requires a person responsible for excavation or demolition to perform white lining if the person is unable to identify the physical location of the excavation or demolition to the IUPPS. Requires the IURC to adopt rules to implement the underground plant protection statute. Makes conforming amendments. Repeals an obsolete provision concerning the responsibilities of IUPPS.
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