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PHMSA Announces Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Contact: Ben Kochman

(202) 366-4831

PHMSA is proposing a number of amendments to modernize federal pipeline safety regulations that would reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens consistent with E.O. 13771, 13777, and 13783. PHMSA considered public comments on DOT notices on regulatory reform, petitions for rulemaking, and PHMSA’s own review of existing regulations to identify areas where the agency could provide regulatory relief without adversely impacting public safety or environmental protection. PHMSA has quantified annualized cost savings of $129.4 million per year (7% discount rate), primarily from the provisions regarding farm taps and atmospheric corrosion assessments of distribution service lines. PHMSA looks forward to reviewing comments on the proposal and will closely keep them in mind while determining the final rule. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been transmitted to the Federal Register and a publication date will be provided when it is available.

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The mission of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives.  PHMSA develops and enforces regulations for the safe operation of the nation’s 2.8 million-mile pipeline transportation system and the 1.2 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air.  Please visit https://www.phmsa.dot.gov or https://twitter.com/PHMSA_DOT for more information.