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Press Releases

Emergency Waiver Order No. 10

The Waiver is granted to support the EPA and USCG in taking appropriate actions to prepare for, responds 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 California Wildfires.

Emergency Waiver Order No. 9

The Waiver is granted to support the EPA and USCG in taking appropriate actions 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 Super Typhoon Yutu.

PHMSA Publishes Report on Inventory of Upper Cook Inlet Pipelines

Between December 2016 and April 2017, several crude oil and natural gas releases occurred from pipelines owned by Hilcorp Alaska, LLC’s offshore production and pipeline facilities in Alaska’s Upper Cook Inlet. 

A number of different federal and state agencies were involved in responding to those releases and questions arose regarding those various agencies’ authority, responsibilities and practices.

Following those releases, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and

PHMSA Takes Action to Assist with Hurricane Michael Preparedness and Response Efforts

PHMSA is continuing to monitor the movements of Tropical Storm Michael to understand its potential effects on hazardous materials and pipeline operations.  This webpage provides critical information regarding PHMSA's pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs to assist in any necessary response and remediation efforts as the storm makes it way across Georiga and the Carolinas.  

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PHMSA Awards More Than $3.8 Million to 11 Universities to Support Pipeline Safety Technology Research

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Contact:  Bobby Fraser
Tel.: (202) 366-4831

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) announced that it is providing a total of $3,855,575 to 11 universities as part of its Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP) for pipeline safety research and innovation.  The awards announced today will go to the University of Alaska Anchorage, Ohio State University,

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $90 Million to Advance Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Efforts Across the Nation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced that it is issuing a combined $89.9 million in Fiscal Year 2018 grants from its Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety programs.  The grants will be awarded to states, local communities, tribal entities, and non-profit organizations to support state pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs.  Grantees will use awarded funds to train first responders;

PHMSA Rescinds ECP Brake Mandate After RIA Finds Costs Outweigh Benefits

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today finalized amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations which remove the requirement, while still allowing, for certain High Hazard Flammable Unit Trains (HHFUT) to operate using electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) braking systems. The Department's action is based on a Congressional requirement to conduct an updated Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA). The Department's analysis

U.S. DOT Grants Petition to Support Safe Transportation of Hazardous Materials by Motor Carriers

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) ruled on a petition submitted by the National Tank Truck Carriers Association. To ensure public safety, maintain security, and reduce delays, PHMSA finds that California's meal and rest break requirements are preempted for all operators of motor vehicles transporting hazardous materials.

The agency finds that the California meal and rest break requirements create

PHMSA, FERC Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Strengthen Safety Review and Permitting Process for LNG Facility Proposals

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced today that the two agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will expedite coordination between the agencies during the permit application review process for proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities.

PHMSA Publishes Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Class Location Change Requirements

The Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeks public comment on existing class location requirements for natural gas transmission pipelines at 49 CFR part 192, specifically as they pertain to actions operators are required to take following class location changes due to population growth near the pipeline. Operators have suggested that performing integrity management measures on pipelines where class locations have changed due to population increases would be an equally safe but