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New MISS DIG Rules For Farmers Take Effect Today

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(WLNS) - Consumers Energy is reminding farmers that new MISS DIG rules designed to protect workers and underground utilities take effect today.

The new law amends the 40-year-old MISS DIG regulations and clarifies that those engaged in routine farming operations must call MISS DIG to request staking at least three days before beginning work.

The only time there is an exception is if one of the following three conditions is met:

 ·      Soil disturbance is in the public right of way AND not deeper than 12 inches. There are no above grade structures such as phone pedestals within six feet of the activity.

·      Soil disturbance is outside public right of way and more than 25 yards from a pipeline. There are no above grade structures such as phone pedestals within six feet of the activity.

·      Soil disturbance is outside public right of way, within 25 yards of a pipeline but not deeper than 18 inches. There are no above grade structures such as phone pedestals within six feet of the activity.

Consumers reminds everyone, including farmers, to reach MISS DIG by dialing 811 prior to any digging operations such as installing drain tiles or wells.
There is no charge to have Consumers mark the approximate location of underground utility lines.
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