After 8 deaths, government halts permits for propane gas stations
Santo Domingo.- The Industry and Commerce Ministry on Wednesday said the permits for new stations won’t be issued until several government agencies amend the regulations on fuel supply facilities, which will have stricter safety guidelines for those businesses.
The agencies will amend the regulations on the books since 1972, which grants permits to operate gas stations or other fuels. Various sectors say population growth and a jump in propane gas consumption makes the current rules obsolete.
The announcement comes after several explosions at three propane gas stations in La Vega, the National District and Santo Domingo Este killed eight people and injured nine others.
Civil Defense director Rafael De Luna said the tragic explosions spurred the designation of the presidential commission, which he affirms has been meeting regularly.
June 30, 2016
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