Gas distribution groups take issue with aspects of EFV proposal.

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The gas distribution industry apparently has no problem with the objectives of the PHMSA-proposed rule on excess flow valves, but they have decided problems with how some objectives may be implemented.

Christina Sames, vice president, Operations and Engineering for the American Gas Association (AGA), says, "The AGA and its members support expanding the use of excess flow valves in new and fully replaced service lines to applications other than single-family residences where operating conditions allow their use."

But Sames did not give the proposal a blanket endorsement, noting concerns about elements that are beyond the expansion of EFVs. AGA will provide comments and will suggest modifications that will make the proposal "reasonable, feasible and practical."

John Erickson, P.E., vice president, Operations, American Public Gas Association, is more specific. "APGA supports the EFV installation portion of the rule proposed by PHMSA. We have major concerns with the proposal that operators notify all customers about EFVs and install an EFV on an existing service if the customer requests one."

PHMSA has not addressed how operators will handle multiple customers on a single service line. Erickson states PHMSA leaves cost recovery up to the "appropriate state regulatory agency" apparently not understanding that only about 25% of the distribution operators PHMSA regulates are under state PUC jurisdiction for rates. Few of APGA's 729 members have PUCs approve their rates.

Installing an EFV with a new service line is relatively inexpensive ($20...

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