NASFM’s Partnership for Excellence in Pipeline Safety has extended beyond the original focus on hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines to encompass other vital and exposed components of the energy and pipeline infrastructure. Since then, NASFM has become involved in a diversity of issues pertaining to the safe transition of new energy resources.
NASFM’s Partnership for Excellence in Pipeline Safety has extended beyond the original focus on hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines to encompass other vital and exposed components of the energy and pipeline infrastructure. One such component is liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the terminals used to offload LNG at various locations around the country’s coast. The safe handling of LNG is not generally understood by the public and already has been the subject of controversy at several proposed terminals. However, LNG is viewed as critical to our economy. Community fears are regarded as a major barrier to the approval of LNG infrastructure.
To help implement this project, NASFM has drawn on expertise from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, US Coast Guard, FM Global, University of Arkansas, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, US Department of Transportation, and major LNG operators.
With guidance from the experts, NASFM has developed education materials on LNG basics and LNG safety. NASFM has selected two existing and two proposed LNG terminals to pilot test the LNG safety project materials and curriculum.
Download NASFM’S White Paper, “Liquefied Natural Gas: An Overview of the LNG Industry for Fire Marshals and Emergency Responders”.
Permitting Hydrogen Fueling Stations (HFS) and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Backup Power for Wireless Telecommunications Sites (WTS) Workshop
As the United States begins a transition to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Infrastructure Technologies and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) through the National Association of State Fire Marshals has implemented a series of two-day workshops to address the critical issue of permitting hydrogen fueling stations (HFS) and hydrogen fuel cells for back-up power at wireless telecommunication sites (WTS). During this decade and the one following, major automotive companies plan to introduce hydrogen vehicles in significant numbers and major energy companies plan to build the Hydrogen fueling stations that are needed to fuel these vehicles.
Through those efforts, hydrogen permitting workshops have been held in New Jersey, California and Michigan. There have been approximately 125 total participants. Of that number, 38 represented respected building, fire and electrical code officials as well as emergency responders from the aforementioned states. Other participants included policy level code officials as well industry representatives, automakers, and those who work with the codes on a daily basis. NASFM identified and selected a diverse group, providing code/fire officials as well as industry experts the ability to work together to identify areas for improvement in the plan review and permitting process.
The overall goal of the workshops was to raise the comfort level of the code official should they be presented with an application to construct a hydrogen motor fueling station and provide them with the opportunity to articulate codes and standards gaps or conflicts (if any) that need to be addressed.
To download a copy of the Hydrogen Permitting Workshops cumulative report click here.
Final Action Reports
Final Action Report – Teaneck, New Jersey Workshop: May 15-16, 2008
Final Action Report – Los Angeles, CA Workshop: August 26-27, 2008
Final Action Report – Detroit, MI Workshop: September 17-18, 2008
Ethanol Outreach and Code Review Workshop
On July 1, 2008, NASFM and the US Department of Energy’s BioMass Program held a one day Ethanol Outreach and Code Review Workshop, in conjunction with NASFM Annual conference. This workshop was structured to address the critical issue of stakeholder outreach and emergency responder training related to ethanol. Participants of this workshop included 23 State Fire Marshals and 58 building code and fire officials from areas where ethanol producers, manufacturers or distributors are presently located or where facilities are planned in the near future as well as industry and legal experts.
The objectives of the workshop were to obtain the input of key state and local fire and building code officials on issues facing and concerning the enforcement community and to provide the participants an opportunity to learn more about the legal issues surrounding E85 dispensing units, ethanol manufacturing, and the tools currently available to emergency responders. In that effort, participants were broken down into breakout groups and asked to review “case studies” of facilities that manufacture ethanol that have been converted or are likely to be proposed projects in the near future.
With the help of workshop participants, NASFM, DOE and Industry have gained insight into what steps need to be taken to get relevant information to local code officials, identifying areas of concern in the plan review and issues related to facilities involved in the storage, manufacturing and distribution of ethanol as well how to shape further workshops.
If you have a question regarding any of NASFM alternative fuels programs, please contact Chrishawn Morgan-Price at our Washington, DC Headquarters at (202) 737-1226.
California Fuel Cell Partnership (http://www.fuelcellpartnership.org/)
US Department of Energy Hydrogen Program (http://www.hydrogen.energy.gov/safety.html)