Propane law applied to both lake counties |

Propane law applied to both lake counties

Propane regulations that go into effect April 1 apply to all El Dorado and Douglas county residents, an expert said.

The new regulation requires any tank that holds 4 to 40 pounds of propane to have an overfill protection device before it is refilled. The device prevents overfill and avoids the hazards that overfilling creates by allowing only 80 percent of the tank to fill with propane.

In 1997, the propane industry began a push to require overfill protection devices, “opds,” because of a stream of lawsuits regarding overfill-related accidents, said Gary Nelson, a safety inspector at The Board for the Regulation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, based in Carson City.

Nelson said propane measurements can be misleading. He said 10 gallons roughly translates to about 40 pounds. On Monday, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reported the regulation change applies to tanks 10 gallons or smaller.

Nelson said there are exceptions to the new regulation. Opds are not required on propane tanks for forklifts or welding equipment. Recreation vehicles that use horizontal propane tanks are also exempt.

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