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After 3 fatalities Government clamps down on propane gas stations

Santo Domingo.- After the blasts in three propane gas stations in as many weeks that killed three and injured dozens, the Industry and Commerce Ministry on Tuesday announced a temporary halt of the permits to install new ones pending a review of their regulations.

The resolution says the decision was taken under urgency to revise the regulations and other norms.

Industry and Commerce said the ban aims to achieve “a technical regulation as a binding legal instrument and mandatory compliance, to ensure uniformity of technical safety criteria and to monitor compliance.”

It said the Dominican Quality Institute (Indocal) will call “all public institutions involved in granting permits linked to the installation and operation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas stations and private sector actors related with this activity.”

It also ordered an inspection all operating propane stations and assess compliance with safety measures and fire prevention.

The operators of stations have six months from the decision’s publication date to submit their analysis at the Ministry’s Hydrocarbons Dept. and six additional months to implement improvements.

It warns that once the deadlines expire the provisional permits of the operators that fail to comply with “minimum conditions” will be suspended.

Source: DT

March 9, 2016

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