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Propane final rule - Federal Register link

HUD published a rule, effective February 24, 2020 that is modifying 24 CFR Part 51 Subpart C, to allow HUD-assisted projects, as defined at 24 CFR 51.201, near stationary aboveground propane storage tanks with water gallon capacities of 1,000 gallons or less provided the tanks comply with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 58 (2017 or later).

On January 31, 2020, HUD published a rule, effective February 24, 2020 that is modifying 24 CFR Part 51 Subpart C, to allow HUD-assisted projects, as defined at 24 CFR 51.201, near stationary aboveground propane storage tanks with water gallon capacities of 1,000 gallons or less provided the tanks comply with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 58 (2017 or later). Please be advised that because compliance with the NFPA Code 58 (2017 or later) may only be applied on voluntary basis in your community, it cannot be assumed that all propane tanks with water gallon capacities of 1,000 gallons or less will be allowed near HUD-assisted projects.  As stationary above ground propane tanks with water gallon capacities of 1,000 gallons or less are identified near HUD-assisted projects, they will have to be assessed to see if they conform with NFPA Code 58 (2017 or later) and thus eligible for exclusion under the new rule. More information, including how to determine if a tank conforms with NFPA Code 58 (2017 or later), is available in the attached Final Propane Rule Fact Sheet.      
 
The regulation has also added language to the definition of hazard (24 CFR 51.201) codifying the long-standing policy excluding the following items from coverage under 24 CFR Part 51 Subpart C: pipelines for the transmission of hazardous substances, if such pipelines are located underground, or comply with applicable Federal, State and local safety standards; and underground containers.
 
HUD,  in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners is hosting a Webinar - Updates to HUD's Acceptable Separation Distance (ASD) Requirements for Propane Tanks Webinar - on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 1pm to 2pm EST with information on the rule changes.   The training objectives will include teaching participants about the recent changes to 24 CFR part 51 subpart C and how to apply the ASD requirement exception for above-ground storage tanks of 1,000 gallons or less containing liquified petroleum gas or propane.  To register, for the  Webinar please visit  please visit https://enterprisecommunity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aJPsuoDGQEy5GiI3VTQHkA.  Training Point of Contact: Michelle Grainger – mgrainger@enterprisecommunity.org
 
The rule change may be found in its entirely at the link below:
 
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/01/24/2020-00440/conforming-the-acceptable-separation-distance-asd-standards-for-residential-propane-tanks-to?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email


Click here for Final Propane Rule Fact Sheet

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