I was given the opportunity at the ROC meetings in San Diego to address CMP 1 concerning my Proposal 1-145 in the ROP, and they almost were ready to accept my comment and recommendation.
They seem to think that the issues related to this type of "abandoned" wiring is a maintenance item, and should be covered in the NFPA 70B code.
I think that I hit a nerve when I mentioned some of the areas around the country where street people lay in their own feces, and urine near the exposed live wires, or what may become energized wires and equipment.
The way in which they discuss the comments on proposals is unusual, and with only one or two people representing the electricians and inspectors do not fully understand the problems.
Here is their Panel Statement:
No justification has been presented that unused wiring is a "potential hazard". No objective basis has been presented for an Authority Having Jurisdiction to make a determination to remove unused electrical equipment in any specific instance.
If its the last thing I do in my life, it will be too get something into the NEC that will address this issue once and for all!