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Initiatives

The following is a broad overview of some of PHMSA's current initiatives.

The initiatives listed here are grouped under Safety, Environment, Technology, Preparedness & Response, Economy, and Partnerships and may be repeated under each heading as appropriate.

Research & Development
PHMSA's R&D Programs conduct and support research to support regulatory and enforcement activities.
Safety
 
PHMSA Security
PHMSA's tools, contacts, and resources for secure pipelines and transportation of hazardous materials.
 
Hazardous Materials Safety Risk Management
Identifying and managing risks of transportation of hazmat in commerce.
 
Hazardous Materials Safety International Standards
Harmonization with international standards enhances safety, compliance and free trade while minimizing regulatory burden on the public. The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety provides information on its international activities.
 
Pipeline Safety Research and Development
Information about Pipeline Safety Research and Development and how it is coordinated.
 
PHMSA Drug & Alcohol Testing
PHMSA conducts drug and alchohol testing of transporters of hazardous materials in order to deter and detect illegal drug use and alcohol misuse in the pipeline industry.
Environment
 
Pipeline Unusually Sensitive Areas
The pipeline safety statute directs Pipeline Safety to describe areas that are unusually sensitive to environmental damage in the event of a hazardous liquid pipeline release, and to establish methods for identifying hazardous liquid pipelines located in those areas.
Technology
 
PHMSA Research and Development Opportunities
Conducting and supporting research into regulatory and enforcement activities.
 
National Pipeline Mapping System
View maps of natural gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines, LNG facilities, and breakout tanks by county.
Preparedness & Response
 
PHMSA Preparedness and Response
PHMSA recognizes that the first element of facing a challenge is to prepare for it. Reaching out to our Emergency Responders and Hazardous Materials and Pipeline industry stakeholders is one of our core goals to ensure they can deal with any type of hazardous material or pipeline incident. We provide technical expertise to industry and work closely with the response community to ensure the transportation system remains safe.
 
Hazardous Materials Safety Risk Management
Identifying and managing risks of transportation of hazmat in commerce.
Economy
 
PHMSA Research and Development Opportunities
Conducting and supporting research into regulatory and enforcement activities.
 
Hazardous Materials Safety International Standards
Harmonization with international standards enhances safety, compliance and free trade while minimizing regulatory burden on the public. The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety provides information on its international activities.
 
LDC RAFT
The objective of the Local Distribution Company Regulatory Alternatives Feasibility Team (LDC RAFT) is to conduct a comprehensive study to explore regulatory alternatives to the current pipeline safety regulations that could result in improved safety, reliability, and the protection of the environment in a cost-effective manner.
 
Pipeline Safety Technical Advisory Committees
The Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 requires establishment of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC), and the Hazardous Liquid Safety Act of 1979 requires creation of the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC). The primary purpose of the Committees is to review proposed pipeline safety standards for technical feasibility, reasonableness, cost effectiveness, and practicability
Partnerships
 
Pipeline Safety Federal State Partnership
Links to our partners.
 
LDC RAFT
The objective of the Local Distribution Company Regulatory Alternatives Feasibility Team (LDC RAFT) is to conduct a comprehensive study to explore regulatory alternatives to the current pipeline safety regulations that could result in improved safety, reliability, and the protection of the environment in a cost-effective manner.
 
Pipeline Safety Technical Advisory Committees
The Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 requires establishment of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC), and the Hazardous Liquid Safety Act of 1979 requires creation of the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC). The primary purpose of the Committees is to review proposed pipeline safety standards for technical feasibility, reasonableness, cost effectiveness, and practicability
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