The equipment ground conductor has never been permitted to be used as the neutral for range and dryer receptacles. When using a 3-wire receptacle the neutral is used to ground the frame of the range or dryer.
I don't believe so. The bare wire in type SE cable is rated for use as a neutral conductor so it was approved for this use. That was the point I was trying to make with my previous post. I have read many comments in forums about why the 4th (neutral) wire is now required to be installed for range and dryer receptacles. A neutral wire has always been required but now a 4th wire (equipment ground) is also required.
[This message has been edited by caselec (edited 05-09-2003).]