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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.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is one of twelve operating administrations within the U.S. Department of Transportation, and is responsible for the safe transportation of hazardous materials by any mode. PHMSA is divided into two program areas: the Pipeline Safety Program (PHP) and the Hazardous Materials Safety Program (PHH). PHH also works closely with the Federal Aviation Administration; Federal Railroad Administration; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; and the U.S. Coast Guard to help those entities administer their hazardous materials safety programs.
The Government/Industry Pipeline R&D Forum was held in Arlington, Virginia on July 18-19, 2012. The 2 day event is held periodically to generate a National research agenda that fosters solutions for the many challenges with pipeline safety and with protecting the environment. The forum allows public, government and industry pipeline stakeholders to develop a consensus on the technical gaps and challenges for future research.
On November 27, 2012, in the Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced meetings of the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee and the Gas Liquid Advisory Committee, also known as the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee and the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee. 
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) and other industry leaders have been working especially hard this April to prevent potentially dangerous pipeline incidents by telling Americans to "Know what's below. Call 811 Before You Dig."
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration develops and enforces regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the nation's 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials.