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June 2017 E-Newsletter
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MS811 June News & Events 

June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian & Julian calendars and the 2nd month to have the length of 30 days. June 2017 is National Safety Month & Men's Health Month, the flower of June is the Rose. Other notable June events are as follows: World Ocean Day (June 8th), Flag Day, Father's Day and the 1st Day of Summer. 

 
 
Alleged Violation Report
 
For any complaints regarding violations of the Mississippi Regulation of Excavation ( Dig Law),  here is the place to direct someone to: http://www.msundergroundfacilitiesdamageprevention.com/agree.php or you can go to www.ms811.org and click on the AVR icon at the bottom of the page pictured below. You may also simply click on the AVR button above to be directed to the site.  


  May Events/News
                   
  • April edition of CGA The April Update features updates to the DIRT data submission form as well as Regional Partner Corner. It also recaps National Safe Digging Month efforts across the country, details Shell Pipeline Company LP's exciting NASCAR campaign in celebration of 811's 10 year anniversary and reports on the 811 Hot Air Balloon's exposure to more than a quarter of a million potential diggers. See more information by clicking on the Update Picture above or: Click Here.
  • MS811 Website Please visit our new & improved website that was just introduced. You will need to remove any old bookmarks and reassign new ones from the new website. See more at www.ms811.org!

MS Damage Prevention Council Meetings

There are no pending DPCC Meetings planned for June 2017.

Jun 6-8: MS Rural Water Summer Training, June 6- 8, City of Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS.
Jun 29 - MS Water & Pollution Control Operations Assoc. Training, 41 Fish House, 4390 Hwy 41 S, Pontotoc, MS.


**For more information please contact your area DPC coordinator by clicking on http://ms1call.org/damage-prevention/**

  ** For information on upcoming Pipeline Safety meetings please click on the following link:             http://ms.pipeline-awareness.com/meeting_schedule **    
   
 For emergency request please contact the Call Center by dialing 811 or (800) 227-6477. 

Urgent Message Regarding Routine Maintenance Activities:

Mississippi's excavation law was amended in 2016.  The amendment became effective January 1, 2017, and it included an "enforcement" provision that 1) established a 16-member Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Board (UFDPB) and 2) created levels of possible training and/or fines for violators of the law.  The amended law also included an amended definition of "Excavate or Excavation" in 77-13-3(i) by adding an exception to “excavation” in item (vi) which states..."or (vi) routine maintenance activities carried out by or for those responsible for publicly maintained roadways and rights-of- way, provided that the activities occur entirely within the public right-of-way and do not penetrate the earth to a depth of more than twelve (12) inches and are carried out with reasonable care so as to protect any underground facilities placed in the right-of-way.  Routine maintenance activities shall be more specifically described in the rules and regulations adopted by the board."

Why is this Urgent Message?

An amendment was added to the Routine Maintenance definition in the Rules and adds:
None of the routine maintenance activities listed above shall include road construction or penetration of the existing roadway grade or ground surface more than 12 inches. Source: 77-13-3(i)(vi).

The underlined words in the last paragraph, "existing" and "ground surface " combined with item (E), are the main concerns for the MS811 Board of Directors.  We believe that this combination of wording does not take into consideration the "erosion" factor that exists in almost all drainage ditches, etc. throughout Mississippi's drainage network.  Much of the "utility" infrastructure that was placed in the ground many years ago at proper depths could be at great risk today, but more importantly would be the risk of life and/or injury to those excavating around them under the exemption from calling before digging within the public rights-of-way as would be allowed under the current wording of the rule defining "routine maintenance"

These rules have been submitted to the Secretary of State for a 25-day comment period. This comment period will end on June 16, 2017, and the UFDPB will vote on final adoption of the rules sometime after the comment period ends.  We would like to see the current wording in the rules for "routine maintenance" amended to remove what we believe to be an unsafe excavation practice.

What can you do?

You can provide your comments about the routine maintenance issue or any other aspect of the enforcement board rules which you can find in their entirety at www.msdamageprevention.com. You will be able to make your comments by: 
WEBSITE:                            www.msdamageprevention.com
(click on the tab Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Board Rules)
BY EMAIL:                          enforcement@msdamageprevention.com
BY MAIL:                            Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Board
                                                Attn:       Rules Docket
                                                5258 Cedar Park Drive, Suite J
                                                Jackson, MS 39206
 
The Board shall conduct a hearing to consider written comments and to consider final adoption of the Initial Rules on June 21, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in the Hearing Room of the Mississippi Public Service Commission, 1st Floor, Woolfolk State Office Building, 501 N. West Street, Jackson, Mississippi.  Written comments must be received by the Board no later than June 16, 2017.  Written comments shall be available for public inspection at www.msdamageprevention.com no later than 10:00 am on June 19, 2017. 

Any interested person desiring to make oral remarks on the Initial Rules during the June 21, 2017, Board meeting, shall notify the Board prior to the meeting, using the contact information above.


 
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