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News Digests

July 2, 2020

PHMSA Notice of Extension of Enforcement Discretion for Cylinders Exceeding Periodic Testing Dates

PHMSA understands that the COVID-19 public health emergency has made it difficult for gas cylinder exchanges to receive and distribute cylinders that can be filled in accordance with the requalification requirements included in the Federal Hazardous...

July 1, 2020

PHMSA Correspondence to Enbridge Energy Regarding Line 5 Anchor

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) initiated an investigation into the integrity of Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership’s (Enbridge) Line 5 following notification from your company...

June 24, 2020

Notice of Extension of Enforcement Discretion Regarding Hazardous Materials Training Requirements

PHMSA understands that social distancing practices enacted by state and local governments in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency has made it difficult for many offerors and carriers of hazardous materials to meet certain training...

June 24, 2020

Notice of Extension of Temporary Policy for the Transport of Hand-Sanitizers

As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues, multiple companies are continuing to produce products, such as hand sanitizer and other alcohol-based products, that are essential to response efforts.  To continue to provide appropriate guidance and...

June 22, 2020

PUBLIC MEETING: Gas and Liquid Pipeline Safety Advisory Committees

On July 22-23, 2020, PHMSA will hold a public teleconference meeting of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) and the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC) to discuss the Valve Installation and Minimum Rupture Detection Standards notice of...

June 19, 2020

PHMSA Safety Advisory for the Transportation of COVID-19 Diagnostic Samples

PHMSA plays a leading role in ensuring the safe transportation of hazardous materials in commerce throughout the United States.  As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, certain shipments of COVID-19...

June 9, 2020

PHMSA Request for Information on Safety Devices (Hazardous Materials)

PHMSA is accepting comments as it begins to develop a national policy for safety devices. Safety devices, as defined by the Hazardous Materials Regulations, include air bag inflators, air bag modules, seat belt pretensioners, and other articles...

May 29, 2020

Deferral of Late Fee Charges for Pipeline and Underground Natural Gas Storage Operators

The President called upon Federal agencies to provide available relief in the Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) understands the economic consequences COVID-19...

May 11, 2020

PHMSA Completes Administrative Preemption Determination on Washington State's Crude Oil by Rail Volatility Requirements

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced it has determined that Federal Hazardous Material Transportation Law preempts the State of Washington's vapor pressure requirement for the transportation of crude oil...

May 11, 2020

PHMSA Withdraws Rulemaking Action to Limit Crude Oil Vapor Pressure

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced today that it is withdrawing its January 2017 Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding vapor pressure for unrefined petroleum products and other flammable...