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April 28, 2017
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Final Rule to revise its regulations and increase the maximum civil penalty amount for violations of Federal pipeline safety law. The maximum civil penalty for a single violation is now $209,002 for each day the violation continues, or $2,090,022 for a related series of violations of Federal pipeline safety laws.
April 25, 2017
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Final Rule to revise its regulations and increase the maximum civil penalty amount for violations of the Federal hazardous materials safety law. Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which further amended the Federal Civil Penalties, Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, federal agencies are required to adjust their civil monetary penalties each year to account for changes in inflation. The maximum civil penalty for a knowing violation is now $78,376, except that the maximum civil penalty is $182,877 for a violation that results in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property.
April 21, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced it has issued a special permit to authorize the extension of the 15-year service life of certain carbon fiber reinforced aluminum-lined cylinders (DOT-CFFC) that are used in self-contained breathing apparatuses by fire departments and first responders.
April 7, 2017
PHMSA is investigating the potential gas leak from a pipeline on Hilcorp's Steelhead Platform in the Cook Inlet. The line has been shut down.
March 29, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued a final rule that amends the U.S. Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards. The amendments to the HMR include changes to proper shipping names; hazard classes; packing groups; special provisions; packaging authorizations; air transport quantity limitations; and vessel stowage requirements. The revisions harmonize the HMR with recent changes in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods—Model Regulations.
March 16, 2017
PHMSA is issuing an Advisory Bulletin to inform owners and operators of gas transmission pipelines that PHMSA has developed guidance on threat identification and the minimum criteria for deactivation of threats, as established by a previously issued rule.
January 19, 2017
PHMSA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) requesting comment on Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 requirements for regulations that all Class I railroads transporting hazardous materials generate real-time, electronic train consist information. The FAST Act also calls for regulations that railroads provide this information to fusion centers—defined as collaborative, interagency efforts that combine resources, expertise, or information—to share with emergency responders and law enforcement personnel during an emergency or incident.
January 19, 2017
PHMSA Final Rule Requires Faster Notification Following Pipeline Accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued a final rule entitled, "Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery, Accident and Incident Notification, and Other Pipeline Safety Changes." Specifically, the rulemaking lays out a specific time frame requirement for telephonic or electronic notifications of accidents and incidents. The rule also amends drug and alcohol testing requirements, and incorporates consensus standards by reference for in-line inspection and Stress Corrosion Cracking Direct Assessment.
January 12, 2017
WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, Secretary Anthony Foxx of the U.S., Anthony Foxx signed an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, that will seek contributions from government, industry, and the public on a range of questions associated with establishing a vapor pressure threshold for unrefined petroleum products (e.g., crude oil) in transportation to inform the evaluation of the potential safety benefits of utilizing vapor pressure threshold(s) within the hazardous materials classification process. The ANPRM was sent to the federal register on Wednesday, January 11th, and the full text of the ANPRM can be found on PHMSA’s website.
PHMSA has issued a final rule amending Hazardous Materials Regulations that apply to the integrity of certain packagings used for the transportation of liquid hazardous materials by air. The final rule requires closures of inner packagings containing liquids within a combination packaging to be secured by a secondary means or, where a secondary closure cannot be applied or it is impracticable to apply, permit the use of a leakproof liner.