(a) For pipelines installed after 1971, each above-ground pipeline or portion of a pipeline that is exposed to the atmosphere must be cleaned or coated or jacketed with a material suitable for the prevention of atmospheric corrosion. An operator need not comply with this paragraph, if the operator can demonstrate by test, investigation, or experience in the area of application, that a corrosive atmosphere does not exist.
(b) For pipelines installed before August 1, 1971, each operator having an above-ground or portion of a pipeline that is exposed to the atmosphere shall;
(1) Determine the areas of atmospheric corrosion on the pipeline;
(2) If atmospheric corrosion is found, take remedial measures to the extent required by the applicable provisions of the rules adopted under 24.0859.
(3) Clean and either coat or jacket the areas of atmospheric corrosion on the pipeline with a material suitable for the prevention of atmospheric corrosion.
(c) After meeting the requirements of this section, each operator shall, at intervals not exceeding 3 years for onshore pipelines and at least once each calendar year, but with intervals not exceeding 15 months, for offshore pipelines, reevaluate each pipeline that is exposed to the atmosphere and take remedial action whenever necessary to maintain protection against atmospheric corrosion.History: Rule 02-01, eff 30 Aug 01.