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Press Releases

PHMSA, FERC to 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 agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would refine and reduce the permit application review process for proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities.

“PHMSA is pleased to work with FERC to advance critical infrastructure projects that support our nation’

PHMSA to Host a Public Meeting for the Pipeline Research and Development Forum

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) will be conducting a public meeting for the Pipeline Research and Development Forum. PHMSA periodically conducts such a forum to generate a national research agenda that fosters solutions to the many challenges with pipeline safety and protecting the environment. This public forum will be held on September 11-12, 2018. For more information regarding this forum, please

PHMSA Promotes Hazmat Accident Investigation Team Pilot Program

In our continuing efforts to improve safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has produced a brochure to promote its hazardous materials Accident Investigation Team (AIT) pilot program to hazmat and emergency first responder stakeholders. Fundamentally different from traditional PHMSA Hazardous Materials

PHMSA Recognizes April as National Safe Digging Month

April is officially National Safe Digging Month. Excavation damage continues to be the leading cause of pipeline incidents, and the best way to prevent such incidents from occuring is by calling or clicking 8-1-1. For over a decade, PHMSA has advocated the importance of safe digging practices through its annual public awareness campaigns, 811 Poster and Video contests for middle and high school students, its One-Call grant awards program for damage prevention, rulings on excavation damage,

PHMSA Requests Information in Automated Technologies for Surface Modes in Hazardous Materials

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requests information on matters related to the development and potential use of automated technologies for surface modes (i.e., highway and rail) in hazardous materials transportation. In anticipation of the development, testing, and integration of Automated Driving Systems in surface transportation, PHMSA is issuing this request for information on the factors the Agency should consider to ensure continued safe transportation

PHMSA Issues Corrective Action Order to Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC

On February 8, 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Corrective Action Order (CAO) to Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.  The CAO is the result of safety concerns identified by PHMSA’s Accident and Investigations team as part of their preliminary investigation findings following the report and discovery of a release of LNG from a Sabine Pass

MGPI Processing, Inc. Toxic Chemical Release

Incident Description:

On October 21, 2016, a chemical release occurred at the MGPI Processing plant in Atchison, Kansas. MGPI Processing produces distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches. The release occurred when a chemical delivery truck, owned and operated by Harcros Chemicals, was inadvertently connected to a tank containing incompatible material. The plume generated by the chemical reaction led to a shelter-in-place order for thousands of