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August 8, 2019
The Order requires that the company take certain actions in response to its August 1, 2019 natural gas transmission pipeline failure near Danville, Kentucky.See the related documents section for more details.
June 3, 2019
Contact:  Bobby FraserTel.:  (202) 366-4831WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today transmitted to Congress a legislative proposal to reauthorize the Department’s pipeline safety programs.  The proposed legislation prioritizes safety, promotes innovation, and encourages reliable energy infrastructure in the United States.
May 9, 2019
PHMSA 02-19Contact: Bobby FraserTel.: (202) 366-4831WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced that it is soliciting nominees for a new Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee, in accordance with Section 333(d) of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.
May 7, 2019
On May 7, 2019, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced a public meeting scheduled for June 17, 2019, to solicit input on the development of the 2020 edition of the Emergency Response Guidebook.The ERG is a guidebook intended for use by first responders during the initial phase of a transportation incident involving dangerous goods/hazardous materials and has been updated and published every four years.
May 1, 2019
On May 1, 2019, PHMSA issued a notice to pipeline operators that it does not intend to take any enforcement action relating to the requirements of American Petroleum Institute's (API) Specification 5L (Spec 5L) “Specification for Line Pipe” 45th edition, provided that API's new standard:  API Specification 5L, “Specification for Line Pipe,” 46th edition (April 2018, effective May 1, 2019), is used in its place.  The new edition includes slightly more stringent pipe end-straightness tolerance requirements and clarifications on how to define and measure end-squareness.  After
April 24, 2019
On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued special permit 16320 (DOT-SP-16320) Third Revision, to the Digital Wave Corporation.
March 29, 2019
The Emergency Waiver Order supports efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Coast Guard to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a threat to public health, welfare, or the environment caused by actual or potential oil and hazardous materials incidents resulting from the recent storm related events in Nebraska and Iowa. See the related documents section for more details.
March 22, 2019
The Waiver is granted to railroad carriers when conducting operations within the Nebreska Severe Winter Storm, Straightline Winds, and Flooding disaster area. 
February 27, 2019
PHMSA 02-19Contact (PHMSA): Bobby Fraser, (202) 366-4831Contact (FAA): Gregory Martin, (202) 267-3883WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), today issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) to enhance air safety by revising the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) for lithium ion cells or batteries transported by aircraft.
February 14, 2019
PHMSA 01-19Contact (PHMSA): Bobby Fraser:  (202) 366-4831Contact (FRA): Warren Flatau:  (202) 493-6145WASHINGTON – The U.S.