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  386.310.  Safety and health of public and employees — promulgation of rules — territorial rights, rules. — 1.  The commission shall have power, after a hearing had upon its own motion or upon complaint, by general or special orders, rules or regulations, or otherwise, to require every person, corporation, municipal gas system and public utility to maintain and operate its line, plant, system, equipment, apparatus, and premises in such manner as to promote and safeguard the health and safety of its employees, customers, and the public, and to this end to prescribe, among other things, the installation, use, maintenance and operation of appropriate safety and other devices or appliances, to establish uniform or other standards of equipment, and to require the performance of any other act which the health or safety of its employees, customers or the public may demand, including the power to minimize retail distribution electric line duplication for the sole purpose of providing for the safety of employees and the general public in those cases when, upon complaint, the commission finds that a proposed retail distribution electric line cannot be constructed in compliance with commission safety rules.  The commission may waive the requirements for notice and hearing and provide for expeditious issuance of an order in any case in which the commission determines that the failure to do so would result in the likelihood of imminent threat of serious harm to life or property, provided that the commission shall include in such an order an opportunity for hearing as soon as practicable after the issuance of such order.

  2.  The commission shall not make any rule, regulation, decree or order with respect to allocation of territory or territorial rights among electric suppliers pursuant to sections 386.310 and 394.160.

  3.  For the purposes of gas pipeline safety regulation, the jurisdiction, supervision, powers and duties created and established by this chapter will extend to the following:

  (1)  Operators and owners of distribution systems where natural gas, excluding petroleum gas, is measured by a single meter and distributed to other users within a single structure or to multiple structures;

  (2)  Operators and owners of high pressure pipelines which are supplied, directly or indirectly, by an intrastate and interstate pipeline, where natural gas, excluding petroleum gas, is supplied to the owner or operator of the high pressure pipeline solely for consumption by the owner or operator;

  (3)  Intrastate natural gas facilities owned and operated by interstate natural gas pipeline companies serving direct sales customers would be subject to enforcement of federally mandated pipeline safety standards; and

  (4)  Operators and owners of gas plants where natural gas is supplied directly or indirectly, other than for consumption by and on the property of the supplier, to institutional buildings including, but not limited to, schools and hospitals.

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(RSMo 1939 § 5695, A.L. 1979 H.B. 186, A.L. 1989 H.B. 938, A.L. 1996 S.B. 589 merged with S.B. 780)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 5239; 1919 § 10527


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