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NFPA 59 Utility LP-Gas Plant Code 2001 Edition NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, PO Box 9101, Quincy
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  NFPA 59 Utility LP-GasPlant Code2001 Edition NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, PO Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269-9101An International Codes and Standards Organization NFPA License AgreementThis document is copyrighted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269-9101 USA.All rights reserved.NFPA grants you a license as follows: The right to download an electronic file of this NFPA document for temporary storage on one computerfor purposes of viewing and/or printing one copy of the NFPA document for individual use. Neither the electronic file nor the hard copy printmay be reproduced in any way. In addition, the electronic file may not be distributed elsewhere over computer networks or otherwise. 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Under certain circumstances, public authorities with lawmaking or rule-making powersmay apply for and may receive a special royalty where the public interest will be served thereby. 3. Scope of License Grant —The terms and conditions set forth above do not extend to the index of this document. (For further explanation, see the Policy Concerning the Adoption, Printing, and Publication of NFPA Documents,which is available upon request from the NFPA.)  59 –1Copyright © 2001 NFPA, All Rights Reserved NFPA 59 Utility LP-Gas Plant Code 2001 Edition This edition of NFPA 59, Utility LP-Gas Plant Code  , was prepared by the Technical Commit-tee on LP-Gases at Utility Gas Plants and acted on by the National Fire Protection Association,Inc., at its November Meeting held November 12–15, 2000, in Orlando, FL. It was issued by the Standards Council on January 13, 2001, with an effective date of February 9, 2001, andsupersedes all previous editions.This edition of NFPA 59 was approved as an American National Standard on February 9,2001. Origin and Development of NFPA 59 NFPA 58, Standard on Liquefied Petroleum Gases  , was used as a general guide until NFPA 59 was adopted in 1949. Subsequent editions were adopted in 1954, 1956, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968,1974, 1976, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1992, 1995, and 1998.The cooperation of the American Gas Association was secured to facilitate the preparationof this standard. The result was the formation of a special committee under the sponsorshipof the American Gas Association, which was made up of utility engineers, specialists in gasplant construction, and engineers of the liquefied petroleum gas industry. The standard wasinitially the result of the AGA Committee acting in an advisory capacity to the Sectional Com-mittee on Utility Gas of the NFPA Committee on Gases. With the formation of the Committee on Fuel Gases in 1966, NFPA 59 was assigned to that committee. The committee established the Subcommittee on Utility Gas Plants, which wasassigned working responsibility for NFPA 59. In 1972, working responsibility for NFPA 59 wasreassigned to the Committee on Liquefied Petroleum Gases while maintaining the Subcom-mittee on Utility Gas Plants.In 1992, NFPA 59 was assigned to the new Technical Committee on Liquefied PetroleumGases at Utility Gas Plants. The committee maintains correlation with NFPA 58 by overlappingcommittee membership and concurrent or joint meetings. The new committee’s initial mem-bership was the former Subcommittee on Gas Plants.The 2001 edition of NFPA 59 is a complete revision of the document. The revision was pre-pared by a joint effort of the NFPA LNG Committee and the Canadian Standards AssociationZ276 Technical Committee on Liquefied Natural Gas.Changes in the 2001 edition include new chapters on operations and maintenance, thereformatting of the requirements for a design spill in Chapter 2 into a table for ease of use,and other editorial revisions for clarity.
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