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Illustrated Changes to the NEC, 2005 Edition - Part 1

Article 250

Grounding and Bonding

250.2 Definitions

Part I. General

Additional text helps the Code user understand that the purpose of the effective ground fault current path is to help clear a ground-fault by facilitating the operation of the overcurrent device.

Effective Ground-Fault Current Path. An intentionally constructed, permanent, low-impedance conductive path designed to carry fault current from the point of a ground fault on a wiring system to the grounded neutral point at the electrical supply source. Figure 250-1

The effective ground-fault current path is intended to facilitate the operation of the circuit overcurrent protective device, or the ground-fault detector on a high-impedance grounded system. Figure 250-2

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