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PIPES Act of 2020 Overview

The Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2020 was signed on December 27, 2020. This bipartisan law strengthens PHMSA’s safety authority and includes many provisions that will help PHMSA fulfill its mission of protecting people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials.

The rulemakings chart is responsive to Section 106 of the PIPES Act 2020 which states that, “the Secretary of Transportation shall publish an update on a publicly available web site of the Department of Transportation regarding the status of a final rule for each outstanding regulation…”

Section 106 (a) defines a mandate as:

(1) a final rule required to be issued under the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (Public Law 112–90; 125 Stat. 1904) that has not been published in the Federal Register;

(2) a final rule required to be issued under the PIPES Act of 2016 (Public Law 114–183; 130 Stat. 514) that has not been published in the Federal Register; and

(3) any other final rule regarding gas or hazardous liquid pipeline facilities required to be issued under this Act or an Act enacted prior to the date of enactment of this Act that has not been published in the Federal Register.

The links included on this page can provide more details related to the content of the PIPES Act.

Last updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2021