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9. Transmitter, stationary or mobile.

10. Wire, cable, supports and duct lines.

(For applicable retirement units of property see Account 307, Group D.)

398 Miscellaneous Equipment.

Each principal item of equipment if includible in this account.

399 Other Tangible Equipment.

Units to be assigned as items of property are included herein.

PART 225–PRESERVATION OF RECORDS OF NATURAL GAS COMPANIES

Sec.

225.1 Promulgation.

225.2 General instructions.

225.3 Schedule of records and periods of retention.

AUTHORITY: Secs. 8, 10, 16, 52 Stat. 825, 826, 830; 15 U.S.C. 717g, 717i, 717o.

Source: Order 450, 37 FR 6304, Mar. 28, 1972, unless otherwise noted.

§ 225.1 Promulgation.

(a) This part is prescribed and promulgated as the regulations governing the preservation of records by natural gas companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission, to the extent and in the manner set forth therein;

(b) This part shall, as to all natural gas companies now subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission, become effective as herein revised on January 1, 1972. As to any natural gas company which may hereafter become subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission, this part shall become effective as of the date when such natural gas company becomes subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission.

§ 225.2 General instructions.

(a) Scope of this part. (1) The regulations in this part apply to all books of account and other records prepared by or on behalf of the natural gas company. See Subsection 64 of the schedule for those records which come into posSession of the natural gas company in connection with the acquisition of

property, such as purchase, consolidation, merger, etc.

(2) The regulations in this part shall not be construed as excusing compliance with any other lawful requirement for the preservation of records for periods longer than those prescribed herein.

(3) Unless otherwise specified in the schedule (§ 225.3), duplicate copies of records may be destroyed at any time: Provided, however, That such duplicate copies contain no significant information not shown on the originals.

(4) Records other than those listed in the schedule may be destroyed at the option of the natural gas company: Provided, however, That records which are used in lieu of those listed shall be preserved for the periods prescribed for the records used for Substantially similar purposes. And, provided further, That retention of records pertaining to added Services, functions, plant, etc., the establishment of which cannot be presently foreseen, shall conform to the principles embodied herein.

(5) Notwithstanding the provisions of the Records Retention Schedule, the Commission may, upon the request of the company, authorize a shorter period of retention for any record listed therein upon a showing by the company that preservation of such record for a longer period is not necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors Or ConsumerS.

(b) Designation of supervisory official. Each natural gas company subject to the regulations in this part shall designate One or more perSons with official responsibility to supervise the natural gaS COmpany's program for preservation and the authorized destruction of its records.

(c) Protection and storage of records. The natural gas company shall provide reasonable protection for records subject to the regulations in this part from damage by fires, floods, and other hazards and, in the selection of storage Spaces, Safeguard the records from unnecessary exposure to deterioration from excessive humidity, dryness, or lack of proper ventilation.

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2. Tape:
Magnetic 5 years....... Assumes storage in a
(including

controlled environment video

with a temperature tape)..

and humidity range of 600-80°F. and 40-60%. respectively. (Ref. Instruction (g) for specific storage

conditions.) Punched... Archival For each record, tape

perma media (paper, mylar, nency. metallic base) should

be selected with a life expectancy equal to or greater than the retention period specified for that record.

(d) Definition of record media. (1) For the purpose of these regulations, the data constituting the records listed in the schedule may be retained in any of the media forms in Figure 1 below, provided that the media selected has a standard life expectancy equal to or in excess of the specified retention period. However, records supporting plant cost shall be retained in their original form unless microfilmed. (See general instruction (j), for periods of retention.) In no instance, except in emergencies, will media regeneration to achieve the full length of period retention be allowed without Commission approval of the request of the company. In emergency cases management shall take action as prudence calls for and notify the Commission immediately thereafter

(2) If the media form of the record retained is other than a readable paper copy, then reader and/or printer equipment and related printout programs, if required, shall be provided by the utility for data reference.

(3) The media form initially selected for the record becomes the "original" for that particular record. If subsequent conditions (e.g., improved media life expectancy, increased company resources, environmental factors) require and the remaining retention period permits a change in the media forms the company may convert to another media and dispose of its old equipment, provided the certification processes described in paragraph (e) of this section are observed and data referencing capability is maintained.

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(e) Microform and tape certification. (1) As the initial recording media

(i) Each microform record shall contain, at the beginning, a microform introduction stating the title of the record series, the date prepared, the name of the official responsible for validating or confirming the data contained therein. Each microform record series shall be closed with a clear and standard microform notation indicating the completion of the series and the date.

(ii) If after validation, supplemental data and/or corrections (i.e., resulting from computer programing) are required, said microform may be produced separately or as a part of the

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series rerun, but shall be affixed to the original microform certificate as described in subparagraph (1)(i) of this paragraph. (iii) Each tape record series shall be externally labeled and shall include, as a basic part of the program, at the beginning of that series an introduction stating the record series title, date prepared, the name of the official responsible for validating or confirming the data contained therein and an index where appropriate. Each record series shall be closed with a clear and standard notation indicating the completion of that series and the date. (2) Conversion from other media— (i) Each microform record Series shall include, as an integral part, a certificate(s) stating that the microforms are direct and facsimile reproductions of the original records and that they have been made in accordance with prescribed instructions. Such certificate(s) shall be executed by a person(s) having personal knowledge of the facts covered thereby. (ii) Each microform record Series shall commence and end with a statement as to the nature and arrangement of the records reproduced, and the date. Rolls of film shall not be cut. Supplemental or retaken film, whether of misplaced or omitted documents or of portions of microform found to be defective, shall be attached to the beginning of the microform record series and in such an event, the aforementioned certificate shall cover the supplemental or retaken film and shall state the reasons for the Subsequent action. (iii) If, in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (f) of this section, the natural gas company elects to Convert records to the tape media, the same certification provision specified in paragraph (e)(1)(iii) of this section must be provided in the conversion program. (f) Change of media for eristing records. Those records prepared and maintained under previous regulations in a paper media and whose remaining retention period falls within the life expectancy range of any of the media detailed in Figure 1, may be converted to that media at the natural gas Com

pany's option, provided the applicable certification processes described in paragraph (e) of this section are observed and an audit referencing capability maintained. (g) Media. (1) All records created or maintained in a media and a format other than readable entries on paper shall: (i) Be prepared, arranged, classified, identified, and indexed as to permit the subsequent location, examination, and reproduction of the record to a readable media; (ii) Be stored in such a manner as to provide reasonable protection from hazards such as fire, flood, theft, etc.; and maintained in a controlled environment; (iii) Be regenerated, including proper certification, when damaged. (Also see § 225.2(d)(1).) (2) The company shall be prepared to furnish, at its own expense, standard facilities for reading media and shall additionally provide, if the Commission so directs, copies of the record in a readable form. (3) All film stock shall be of approved operationally-permanentrecord micro-copying type, which meets the current specifications of the National Bureau of Standards. (h) Destruction of records. The destruction of the records permitted to be destroyed under the provisions of the regulations in this part may be performed in any manner elected by the natural gas company concerned. Precautions should be taken, however, to macerate or otherwise destroy the legibility of records, the content of which is forbidden by law to be divulged to unauthorized persons. (i) Premature destruction or loss of records. When records are destroyed or lost before the expiration of the prescribed period of retention, a certified statement listing, as far as may be determined, the records destroyed and describing the circumstances of accidental or other premature destruction or loss shall be filed with the Commission within ninety (90) days from the date of discovery of such destruction. (j) Schedule of records and periods of retention. The schedule of records, § 225.3, shows the period of time that designated records shall be preserved. However, records related to plant shall be retained a minimum of 25 years unless accounting adjustments resulting from reclassification and original cost studies have been approved by the regulatory commission having jurisdiction, and either (1) continuing plant inventory records are maintained, or (2) unitization of construction costs appear in work orders. (k) Retention periods designated “Destroy at option”. Use of the retention period, “Destroy at option,” in the regulations in this part constitutes authorization for such destruction under the conditions specified for the particular types of records, only if such optional destruction is appropriate to limited managerial interest in Such records and if such optional destruction is not in conflict with other legal retention requirements or usefulness of such records in Satisfying pending regulatory actions or directives. (1) Records of Services performed by associated companies. The natural gas Company to which the regulations in this part apply shall assure the availability of records of Services performed by associated companies for the periods indicated herein, as are necessary, to support the cost of Services rendered to it by an associated COmpany. (m) Inder of records. At each office of the natural gas company where recOrds are kept or stored, such records as are herein required to be preserved Shall be so arranged, filed and currently indexed that they may be readily identified and made available to repreSentatives of the Commission. (n) Schedule of notes: (1) For the purposes of the regulation, a stockholder's account may be treated as a closed account at the time that such stockholder ceases to be a holder of record of the particular class and series of stock of the company and the 6-year retention period prescribed herein shall run from that date. If Such person subsequently acquires Shares of capital stock of the company and thus again becomes a stockholder of the company, the record of such ac

quisition shall be treated as a new stockholder account. (2) The terms “bonds” and “debentures,” as used in paragraphs (a) through (f) of this section, shall include all debt securities, such as bonds, debentures, or notes other than debt securities which evidence temporary borrowings and which are expected to be repaid out of the proceeds of the Sale of longer term securities. Typical of such temporary debt securities as described in 4(i) would be notes issued to banks evidencing temporary working capital and construction loans and gas Storage loans. (3) Canceled bonds and debentures and paid interest coupons pertaining thereto may be destroyed, provided that a certificate of destruction giving full descriptive reference to the documents destroyed shall be made by the person or persons authorized to perform such destruction and shall be retained by the company for the period herein prescribed. The certificate of destruction evidencing the destruction of paid interest coupons pertaining to bonds or debentures need not contain a listing of the bond or debenture Serial numbers pertaining to such paid interest coupons. When documents represent debt secured by mortgage, the certificate of destruction shall also be authorized by a representative of the trustee(s) acting in conjunction with the person or persons destroying the documents or shall have the trustee(s) acceptance thereon. The Certificate of destruction above deScribed may be destroyed 6 years after the payment and discharge of the bonds Or debentures or interest coupons described in such certificate. (4) If a retention period is prescribed elsewhere in the schedule with respect to any document which is included as an exhibit to any filing retained pursuant to the requirements of this item, the company need retain only one copy of such document in its files provided appropriate cross references are established. (5) Life or mortality study data for depreciation purposes shall be retained for the life of corporation.

$ 225.3 Schedule of records and periods of

retention.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Corporate and General 1 Capital stock records. 2 Proxies and voting lists. 3 Reports to stockholders. 4 Debt security records. 5 Filings with and authorization by regula

tory agencies.
6 Organizational documents:

(a) Minute books.
(b) Titles, franchises, licenses.
(c) Permits.

(d) Organization diagrams and charts.
7 Contracts and agreements.
8 Accountants' and auditors' reports.

Plant and Depreciation 30 Plant ledgers. 31 Construction work in progress. 32 Retirement work in progress. 33 Summary sheets. 34 Appraisals and valuations. 35 Maps. 36 Engineering records. 37 Contracts and other agreements relat

ing to utility plant. 38 Reclassification of utility plant account

records. 39 Accumulated depreciation and depletion of utility plant account records.

Purchases and stores 40 Procurements. 41 Material ledgers. 42 Materials and supplies received and

issued. 43 Records of sale of scrap and materials

and supplies. 44 Inventories of materials and supplies.

Revenue Accounting and Collecting 45 Customers service applications and con

tracts. 46 Rate schedules. 47 Customer guarantee deposits. 48 Meter reading sheets and records. 49 Maximum demand pressure tempera

ture.

Miscellaneous billing data. 51 Revenue summaries.

Customers ledgers. 53 Merchandise sales. 54 Collection reports and records. 55 Customers' account adjustments. 56 Uncollectible accounts.

Automatic Data Processing 9 Automatic data processing records.

General Accounting Records 10 General and subsidiary ledgers. 11 Journals. 12 Journal vouchers and entries. 13 Cash books. 14 Voucher register. 15 Vouchers. 16 Accounts receivable. 17 Records of securities owned. 18 Payroll records. 19 Assignments, attachments and garnish

ments.

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52 Cust

Insurance 20 Insurance records. 21 Injuries and damages.

Operations and Maintenance 22 Production-Gas. 23 Transmission and distribution-Gas. 23.1 Underground storage of natural gas. 24 Customers service. 25 Records of auxiliary and other oper

ations. 26 Maintenance work orders and job

orders.

Tar 57 Tax records.

Treasury 58 Statement of funds and deposits. 59 Records of deposits with banks and

others. 60 Records of receipts and disbursements.

Miscellaneous Records 61 Statistics. 62 Budgets and other forecasts.

Correspondence. 64 Records of predecessor and former asso

ciates. 65 Reports to Federal and State regulatory

commissions. 66 Copies of advertisements.

Personnel 27 Personnel records. 28 Employees benefit and pension records. 29 Instruction to employees and other.

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