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NSPE's Open Forum Digest for Tuesday January 31, 2017, Stuart Walesh had posted a message (presented below) on licensure and the industrial exemption. A direct link to the article by Liberty University law professor, Paul Spinden is provided at
The report is 51 pages with numerous citations and footnotes and is a fascinating read.
NSPE UPDATE for January 2019:
After Pipeline Explosion, NSPE Wins Case for Ending License Exemption
NSPE's major effort to improve public safety in the aftermath of a deadly pipeline explosion in Massachusetts has resulted in a new state law. On December 31, Governor Charlie Baker signed emergency legislation that requires a licensed professional engineer to approve plans for engineering work associated with natural gas infrastructure in the commonwealth.
Following the Merrimack Valley gas line explosions in September, the National Transportation Safety Board investigated the incident and consulted with NSPE. The Society and NTSB staff spent several weeks discussing the engineering licensing process, its standards, and NSPE's opposition to licensing law exemptions. NSPE shared several documents, including its industrial exemptions position statement and fact sheet, and public testimony from professional engineers.
Among the NTSB's recommendations: Massachusetts should eliminate the professional engineer licensing exemption for public utilities and require a PE to seal public utility engineering drawings.
NSPE believes that Governor Baker took an important step by heeding the call for professional engineer oversight and signing the legislation, which took effect immediately. The Society encourages more states to follow Massachusetts' lead in ending engineering license exemptions and elevating the PE's role in protecting the public. Currently, 53 states and territories allow licensing exemptions in some form while 16 states allow exemptions for public utilities.
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