Pipeline Safety: Workshops on Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators, 60881 [05-20867]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 201 / Wednesday, October 19, 2005 / Notices Further, § 543.9(c)(2) provides for the submission of petitions ‘‘to modify an exemption to permit the use of an antitheft device similar to but differing from the one specified in that exemption.’’ The agency wishes to minimize the administrative burden that part 543.9(c)(2) could place on exempted vehicle manufacturers and itself. The agency did not intend part 543 to require the submission of a modification petition for every change to the components or design of an antitheft device. The significance of many such changes could be de minimis. Therefore, NHTSA suggests that if the manufacturer contemplates making any changes the effects of which might be characterized as de minimis, it should consult the agency before preparing and submitting a petition to modify. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 33106; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50. Issued on: October 13, 2005. Stephen R. Kratzke, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. [FR Doc. 05–20890 Filed 10–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. RSPA–03–15852] Pipeline Safety: Workshops on Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of workshops. AGENCY: SUMMARY: PHMSA and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) will host two workshops to help ensure full compliance with new public awareness program requirements for pipeline operators. PHMSA will provide an update on the compliance review plan. In addition, these workshops will provide a forum to share strategies for implementing these new requirements successfully. Participants can learn about collaborative efforts undertaken in different sectors of the pipeline industry to improve both the effectiveness and efficiency of their related programs. DATES: The November workshop will focus on helping gas distribution operators improve their public awareness programs. It will be held on November 9–10, 2005. The December workshop will focus on helping VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:50 Oct 18, 2005 Jkt 208001 hazardous liquid and gas transmission operators improve their public awareness programs. It will be held on December 7–8, 2005. Both workshops will begin at 1 p.m. on the first day and end at noon on the second day. ADDRESSES: The November 9–10, 2005, workshop will be held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor, 300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Hotel reservations under the U.S. Department of Transportation room block can be made at 410–528–1234 or 1–800–233–1234. The meeting room will be posted at the hotel on the day of workshop. The December 7–8, 2005, meeting will be held at the Hilton America, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010. Hotel reservations under the U.S. Department of Transportation room block can be made at 713–739–8000 or 1–800– 4HILTON. The meeting room will be posted at the hotel on the day of workshop. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Blaine Keener, OPS, (202) 366–0970, blaine.keener@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Registration: To register for the workshops, select the workshop you would like to attend from https:// primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/. Hotel reservations must be made by contacting the hotel directly. Web Casting: Both workshops will be Web cast and will be available for one month after each workshop. The Web cast Internet address will be posted to the registration Web page prior to the workshop. Background: The Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 requires operators to evaluate and, where needed, improve their pipeline safety public awareness programs. The Act also authorized the Secretary of Transportation to prescribe standards to govern these programs. Accordingly, PHMSA issued a Final Rule (70 FR 28833) on May 19, 2005, establishing requirements for pipeline operator public awareness programs. This Final Rule revised 49 CFR 192.616 and 195.440. The revised regulations require operators of pipeline systems to implement public awareness programs in accordance with American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice (RP) 1162, Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators, First Edition, December 2003. On June 16, 2005, PHMSA issued a Final Rule Correction Notice (70 FR 35041) to clarify that all pipeline system operators must follow the baseline and, where appropriate, the supplemental requirements of API RP PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60881 1162. Most operators must enhance their public awareness programs to meet the new requirements by June 20, 2006. Small propane and master meter operators have until June 20, 2007, to revise their programs. The announced workshops will provide additional guidance to operators as they revise their public awareness programs. PHMSA has created a public awareness resource Web page at https:// primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/ PublicEducation.htm. PHMSA and NAPSR will begin each workshop with a brief presentation on the Public Awareness Program Final Rule and the Final Rule Correction. Industry presentations will describe efforts industry has undertaken to ensure effective and efficient compliance with these rules, including guidance on how to: • Determine the content of public awareness messages; • Establish delivery methods for public awareness messages; • Determine supplemental enhancements to baseline programs; and • Evaluate public awareness program effectiveness. PHMSA and NAPSR will discuss oversight plans. In particular, they will discuss current plans to use a central clearinghouse approach to review public awareness programs. Finally, PHMSA will respond to frequently asked questions. PHMSA will post agendas for the workshops on its Web site (https:// phmsa.dot.gov/) approximately two weeks prior to the workshop. Issued in Washington, DC on October 13, 2005. Stacey L. Gerard, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 05–20867 Filed 10–13–05; 3:40 pm] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Ex Parte No. 656 (Sub–No. 1)] Investigation Into the Practices of the National Classification Committee Surface Transportation Board. Request for comments from interested persons. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Board is commencing an investigation into the practices of the National Classification Committee (NCC), which administers the motor carrier classification system for its motor carrier members pursuant to an agreement approved by the Board under 49 U.S.C. 13703. The purpose of this E:\FR\FM\19OCN1.SGM 19OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 201 (Wednesday, October 19, 2005)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 05-20867]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. RSPA-03-15852]


Pipeline Safety: Workshops on Public Awareness Programs for 
Pipeline Operators

AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), 
DOT.

ACTION: Notice of workshops.

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SUMMARY: PHMSA and the National Association of Pipeline Safety 
Representatives (NAPSR) will host two workshops to help ensure full 
compliance with new public awareness program requirements for pipeline 
operators. PHMSA will provide an update on the compliance review plan. 
In addition, these workshops will provide a forum to share strategies 
for implementing these new requirements successfully. Participants can 
learn about collaborative efforts undertaken in different sectors of 
the pipeline industry to improve both the effectiveness and efficiency 
of their related programs.

DATES: The November workshop will focus on helping gas distribution 
operators improve their public awareness programs. It will be held on 
November 9-10, 2005. The December workshop will focus on helping 
hazardous liquid and gas transmission operators improve their public 
awareness programs. It will be held on December 7-8, 2005. Both 
workshops will begin at 1 p.m. on the first day and end at noon on the 
second day.

ADDRESSES: The November 9-10, 2005, workshop will be held at the Hyatt 
Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor, 300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 
21202. Hotel reservations under the U.S. Department of Transportation 
room block can be made at 410-528-1234 or 1-800-233-1234. The meeting 
room will be posted at the hotel on the day of workshop.
    The December 7-8, 2005, meeting will be held at the Hilton America, 
1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010. Hotel reservations under the U.S. 
Department of Transportation room block can be made at 713-739-8000 or 
1-800-4HILTON. The meeting room will be posted at the hotel on the day 
of workshop.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Blaine Keener, OPS, (202) 366-0970, 
blaine.keener@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Registration: To register for the workshops, 
select the workshop you would like to attend from https://
primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/. Hotel reservations must be made by 
contacting the hotel directly.
    Web Casting: Both workshops will be Web cast and will be available 
for one month after each workshop. The Web cast Internet address will 
be posted to the registration Web page prior to the workshop.
    Background: The Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 requires 
operators to evaluate and, where needed, improve their pipeline safety 
public awareness programs. The Act also authorized the Secretary of 
Transportation to prescribe standards to govern these programs. 
Accordingly, PHMSA issued a Final Rule (70 FR 28833) on May 19, 2005, 
establishing requirements for pipeline operator public awareness 
programs. This Final Rule revised 49 CFR 192.616 and 195.440.
    The revised regulations require operators of pipeline systems to 
implement public awareness programs in accordance with American 
Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice (RP) 1162, Public 
Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators, First Edition, December 
2003. On June 16, 2005, PHMSA issued a Final Rule Correction Notice (70 
FR 35041) to clarify that all pipeline system operators must follow the 
baseline and, where appropriate, the supplemental requirements of API 
RP 1162. Most operators must enhance their public awareness programs to 
meet the new requirements by June 20, 2006. Small propane and master 
meter operators have until June 20, 2007, to revise their programs. The 
announced workshops will provide additional guidance to operators as 
they revise their public awareness programs.
    PHMSA has created a public awareness resource Web page at https://
primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/PublicEducation.htm.
    PHMSA and NAPSR will begin each workshop with a brief presentation 
on the Public Awareness Program Final Rule and the Final Rule 
Correction. Industry presentations will describe efforts industry has 
undertaken to ensure effective and efficient compliance with these 
rules, including guidance on how to:
     Determine the content of public awareness messages;
     Establish delivery methods for public awareness messages;
     Determine supplemental enhancements to baseline programs; 
and
     Evaluate public awareness program effectiveness.
    PHMSA and NAPSR will discuss oversight plans. In particular, they 
will discuss current plans to use a central clearinghouse approach to 
review public awareness programs. Finally, PHMSA will respond to 
frequently asked questions.
    PHMSA will post agendas for the workshops on its Web site (https://
phmsa.dot.gov/) approximately two weeks prior to the workshop.

    Issued in Washington, DC on October 13, 2005.
Stacey L. Gerard,
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. 05-20867 Filed 10-13-05; 3:40 pm]
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