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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 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 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 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.
WASHINGTON -- An archived webcast of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's July 13, 2012 "Implementing New Requirements for Incorporation by Reference" workshop is now available to view online.More than 70 industry and government representatives were present during the meeting, which was held to discuss solutions for implementing Section 24 of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 in a public forum with feedback from affected parties, workshop participants, and the general public.
The Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) deployed regional officials to the scene of the pipeline spill and a Unified Command has been set up at the Dawson County Emergency Operations Center. The operator, Bridger, isolated the line, contacted local authorities downstream, and deployed oil spill response personnel. Our inspector is on site and we are also sending an inspector to their control room in Casper, Wyoming to gather more information. The oil spill response contractor is in the process of capturing the released crude oil to minimize downstream contamination. The operator has been informed that PHMSA must approve the restart of the pipeline.
At the meeting, PHMSA/ NAPSR will discuss observations from initial inspections of operators' implementation of integrity management requirements for gas distribution pipelines and current regulatory topics affecting distribution pipeline operators. The meeting will also include panel and breakout session discussions involving gas distribution pipeline industry representatives on topics relating to their experiences implementing the distribution integrity management regulation.
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.
PHMSA's mission is to protect people and the environment from the risks inherent in transportation of hazardous materials by all modes of transportation, including pipelines. Preparedness, response, and recovery is a priority that directly supports PHMSA's mission.
We use oil and natural gas to heat and cool our homes and businesses, produce electricity, transport commercial products, travel to work or recreation, and provide the feedstock for many other commodities. These materials are essential to our economy and to our way of life. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) works to protect people and the environment from risks associated with the transportation of hazardous materials by developing regulations, taking rigorous enforcement actions, collaborating with stakeholders, and educating emergency responders and the public. The FAST Act seeks to improve PHMSA's ability to oversee the safe and efficient transportation of hazardous materials.