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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 72 / Friday, April 13, 2012 / Notices detaches both the lap and shoulder portion at either the upper or lower anchorage point, but not both. The means of detachment shall be a key or key-like object. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Summary of Hyundai’s Analysis and Arguments Hyundai believes that the installation of a center rear seat belt incorporating a release mechanism that detaches both the lap and shoulder portion at the lower anchorage point in a vehicle with a nonfolding rear seat back is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. The seat belt assembly complies with FMVSS No. 208 requirements and with FMVSS No. 209 requirements, with the sole exception that it may be detached from the lower anchorage by use of a tool, such as a key or key-like object. If the rear seat back of the Sonata Hybrid vehicle was simply capable of being folded, which would have no effect upon seat belt performance, this detachable aspect would not result in a compliance issue. Hyundai also stated its belief that it is clear from the intended difficulty in detaching the seat belt and the instructions contained in the vehicle owner’s manual that the seat belt should not be detached. Further, in the Sonata Hybrid with a fixed rear seat back, there is no advantage or reason for the owner to detach the center rear seat belt from the lower anchorage. Hyundai has additionally informed NHTSA that it has corrected the noncompliance so that all future production vehicles will comply with FMVSS No. 208. With consideration of the above information, Hyundai Motor Company does not believe that it is appropriate to conduct a recall campaign to replace the center rear seat belts in vehicles that have been delivered to customers. In summation, Hyundai believes that the described noncompliance of its vehicles is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety, and that its petition, to exempt from providing recall notification of noncompliance as required by 49 U.S.C. 30118 and remedying the recall noncompliance as required by 49 U.S.C. 30120 should be granted. Comments: Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments on this petition. Comments must refer to the docket and notice number cited at the beginning of this notice and be submitted by any of the following methods: a. By mail addressed to: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:16 Apr 12, 2012 Jkt 226001 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. b. By hand delivery to U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Section is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Federal Holidays. c. Electronically: by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Web site at http:// www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Comments may also be faxed to 1–202– 493–2251. Comments must be written in the English language, and be no greater than 15 pages in length, although there is no limit to the length of necessary attachments to the comments. If comments are submitted in hard copy form, please ensure that two copies are provided. If you wish to receive confirmation that your comments were received, please enclose a stamped, selfaddressed postcard with the comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Documents submitted to a docket may be viewed by anyone at the address and times given above. The documents may also be viewed on the Internet at http: //www.regulations.gov by following the online instructions for accessing the dockets. DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement is available for review in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000, (65 FR 19477–78). The petition, supporting materials, and all comments received before the close of business on the closing date indicated below will be filed and will be considered. All comments and supporting materials received after the closing date will also be filed and will be considered to the extent possible. When the petition is granted or denied, notice of the decision will be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the authority indicated below. Comment Closing Date: May 14, 2012. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at CFR 1.50 and 501.8. Issued on: April 9, 2012. Claude H. Harris, Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. 2012–8895 Filed 4–12–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22387 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2012–0024] Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities, Revision to Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Systems Annual Report, Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Systems Incident Report, and Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Systems Accident Report Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: PHMSA is preparing to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the revision of several forms in two currently approved information collections. PHMSA is looking at making several minor revisions to the hazardous liquid pipeline systems accident report and the gas transmission and gathering pipeline systems incident report. In addition, PHMSA is considering a number of revisions to the annual report form for gas transmission and gathering pipeline systems. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, PHMSA invites comments only on the proposed revisions to the forms. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 12, 2012. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted in the following ways: E-Gov Web Site: http:// www.regulations.gov. This site allows the public to enter comments on any Federal Register notice issued by any agency. Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Hand Delivery: Room W12–140 on the ground level of DOT, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: Identify the docket number, PHMSA–2012–0024, at the beginning of your comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1 22388 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 72 / Friday, April 13, 2012 / Notices should know that anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). Therefore, you may want to review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477) or visit http://www.regulations.gov before submitting any such comments. Docket: For access to the docket or to read background documents or comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time or to Room W12–140 on the ground level of DOT, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of your written comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with the following statement: ‘‘Comments on PHMSA–2012–0024.’’ The Docket Clerk will date stamp the postcard prior to returning it to you via the U.S. mail. Please note that due to delays in the delivery of U.S. mail to Federal offices in Washington, DC, we recommend that persons consider an alternative method (internet, fax, or professional delivery service) of submitting comments to the docket and ensuring their timely receipt at DOT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cameron Satterthwaite by telephone at 202–366–1319, by fax at 202–366–4566, or by mail at DOT, PHMSA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., PHP–30, Washington, DC 20590–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background Section 1320.8(d), Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, requires PHMSA to provide interested members of the public and affected agencies an opportunity to comment on information collection requests. This notice identifies several changes to existing information collections that PHMSA will be submitting to OMB for approval. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. Incident and Accident Report Revisions PHMSA is revising the gas transmission and gathering pipeline systems incident report (PHMSA F 7100.2, gas transmission incident report) and hazardous liquid pipeline systems accident report (PHMSA F 7000–1, hazardous liquid accident report) to collect additional information relative to incidents involving girth welds. The revisions to these forms will VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:16 Apr 12, 2012 Jkt 226001 allow for the reporting of detailed information regarding the pipe involved with the weld. This information includes basic information such as pipe size, diameter, and thickness. Several other minor changes are being made to align the form with the online system used to collect the reports from pipeline operators. The gas transmission incident report is approved under OMB control number 2137–0522 and the hazardous liquid accident report is approved under OMB control number 2137–0047. PHMSA does not anticipate any change to the burden of the information collection due to the proposed revision of these forms. C. Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Systems Annual Report Revisions On September 26, 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations to PHMSA regarding improvements in pipeline safety. These recommendations include requiring that all gas transmission pipelines installed before 1970 be subjected to pressure testing, that manufacturing- and construction-related defects only be considered stable if a gas pipeline has been subjected to a post-construction hydrostatic test of at least 1.25 times the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP), and that all gas transmission pipelines be able to accommodate inline inspection tools. On January 3, 2012, President Obama signed the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 which requires that PHMSA: • Issue a regulation for the testing of previously untested gas transmission pipelines located in high consequence areas (HCAs) and operating at a pressure greater than 30 percent of specified minimum yield strength; • Require each owner or operator to verify that their records accurately reflect the physical and operational characteristics of their pipelines and associated facilities within Class 3 and 4 locations and Class 1 and 2 HCAs; and • Require each owner or operator to identify and submit documentation relating to each pipeline segment for which records are insufficient to confirm the established MAOP. PHMSA intends to revise the gas transmission and gathering pipeline systems annual report (PHMSA F 7100.2–1, gas transmission annual report) to provide a mechanism for owners and operators to identify those segments of pipelines for which it is unable to verify the MAOP. For the purpose of reporting, ‘‘verification records’’ are records that can be used to validate the MAOP for the subject PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 pipelines such as as-built drawings, alignment sheets, specifications, and design, construction, inspection, testing, maintenance, manufacturer, or other related documents. These records should be traceable, verifiable, and complete. The purpose of this verification is to ensure that the records accurately reflect the physical and operational characteristics of the pipelines. In an upcoming Advisory Bulletin, PHMSA will inform operators of their responsibilities to verify that their records accurately reflect the physical and operational characteristics of their pipelines and associated facilities. In addition, the Advisory Bulletin will further clarify what PHMSA considers to be a ‘‘verifiable’’ record. PHMSA also intends to revise the gas transmission annual report to collect other information related to the NTSB Recommendations and the recently signed legislation detailed above. In addition to the MAOP verification reporting, these revisions will allow for the collection of information regarding the methodology used to determine the MAOP of gas transmission pipelines, the total miles of pipelines which have not been subjected to a postconstruction hydrostatic pressure test of at least 125% of the MAOP, and total miles of pipelines which are not able to accommodate the passage of instrumented internal inspection devices. PHMSA is also revising the gas transmission annual report to improve the granularity of the data, remove sections of limited value, collect data about anomalies removed from gas transmission pipeline systems, and make several minor changes to improve the quality of the data. Background for these topics is as follows: Pipeline Material Reporting by State: Pipeline mileage by material type was collected state-by-state prior to 2010. This data allowed PHMSA to determine the amounts and types of pipeline materials used in each state. The proposed change would restore this granularity which was lost during the 2010 revision to the gas transmission annual report. Parts D and E of the gas transmission annual report are used to collect information regarding pipeline material type. PHMSA proposes to collect this information in the state-specific section of the report and to combine Parts D and E of the report into a single table. This change will not impact the burden of the information collection. Additional Commodities: In the current gas transmission annual report, operators have the ability to report ‘‘other’’ as the commodity transported and then enter text describing the commodity. Based on a review of 2010 data, many operators submitted text equivalent to landfill gas to describe the ‘‘other’’ commodity. PHMSA proposes to add landfill gas as a commodity choice to reduce E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 72 / Friday, April 13, 2012 / Notices the mileage reported under the ‘‘other’’ category. This change will not impact the burden of the information collection. Additional Material Type: PHMSA recognizes that composite pipe materials are currently being used, or considered for use, by the pipeline industry. Outside of reinforced thermosetting plastic, in certain and limited use, composite pipe can only be used if PHMSA issues a special permit. In an effort to determine the amount of composite pipe currently in use, PHMSA proposes to add ‘‘composite pipe’’ as a material type to Parts D and N of the gas transmission annual report. This change will not impact the burden of the information collection. Removal of Sections A6 and A8: Section A6 in the gas transmission annual report allows each submitter to characterize the facilities covered by their Operator Identification (OPID) and commodity group with respect to whether they are included in an integrity management program subject to 49 CFR part 192. Section A8 allowed submitters to identify whether or not there were any changes from the previous year’s filing. PHMSA has determined that these sections provide limited value to all stakeholders and should be removed. This change will not impact the burden of the information collection. Anomalies Removed from Gas Transmission Systems: The gas transmission annual report currently collects information about the number of anomalies repaired in response to integrity assessments. During data quality checks of the 2010 data, PHMSA learned that many anomalies are eliminated from gas transmission systems by pipe replacement or abandonment. This data helps to demonstrate the benefits of integrity management programs. Therefore, PHMSA proposes to revise the gas transmission annual report to collect the number of anomalous conditions eliminated by pipe replacement and abandonment in Part F of the report. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES PHMSA estimates that these revisions will add a burden of two hours per response to the gas transmission annual report. PHMSA receives approximately 1,440 gas transmission annual reports each year. Therefore, PHMSA estimates the burden of the information collection to increase by a total of 2,880 hours (1,440 reports × 2 hours). A copy of the revised report has been placed in the docket and is available for comment. D. Information Collection Focus PHMSA is only requesting approval of the information collection changes addressed in this notice. The information collection for hazardous liquid accident reports (OMB control number 2137–0047) is scheduled to expire December 31, 2013, and the information collection that covers gas transmission annual reports and incident reports (OMB control number 2137–0522) is scheduled to expire January 31, 2014. In 2013, PHMSA will solicit comments on all aspects of these VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:16 Apr 12, 2012 Jkt 226001 information collections, including the forms, in accordance with the standard PRA renewal process. E. Summary of Impacted Collections The following information is provided for each information collection: (1) Title of the information collection; (2) OMB control number; (3) Current expiration date; (4) Type of request; (5) Abstract of the information collection activity; (6) Description of affected public; (7) Estimate of total annual reporting and recordkeeping burden; and (8) Frequency of collection. PHMSA is only focusing on the revisions detailed in this notice and will request revisions to the following information collection activities. PHMSA requests comments on the following information collections: 1. Title: Incident and Annual Reports for Gas Pipeline Operators. OMB Control Number: 2137–0522. Current Expiration Date: 1/31/2014. Type of Request: Revision. Abstract: PHMSA is looking to revise the gas transmission annual report (PHMSA F 7100.2–1) to collect additional information in response to recent NTSB recommendations and legislation. In addition, PHMSA is revising the gas transmission incident report form (PHMSA F 7100.2) to allow for the submission of additional information regarding the pipe in relation to girth weld failures. Affected Public: Gas transmission/ gathering pipeline operators. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Total Annual Responses: 21,864. Total Annual Burden Hours: 80,264 (increase of 2,880). Frequency of Collection: On occasion. 2. Title: Transportation of Hazardous Liquids by Pipeline: Recordkeeping and Accident Reporting. OMB Control Number: 2137–0047. Current Expiration Date: 12/31/2013. Type of Request: Revision. Abstract: PHMSA is looking to revise the hazardous liquid incident report form (PHMSA F 7000–1) to allow for the submission of additional information regarding the pipe in relation to girth weld failures. Affected Public: Hazardous liquid pipeline operators. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Total Annual Responses: 847. Total Annual Burden Hours: 51,329. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. Comments are invited on: (a) The need for the proposed collection of information for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22389 (b) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques. Issued in Washington, DC on April 10, 2012. Linda Daugherty, Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Programs. [FR Doc. 2012–8960 Filed 4–12–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35606] State of Michigan Department of Transportation—Acquisition Exemption—Certain Assets of Norfolk Southern Railway Company The State of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to acquire from Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) certain right-of-way and trackage extending from (1) approximately milepost 7.60 at Townline in Wayne County, Mich. to approximately milepost 119.60 at CP Baron in Calhoun County, Mich., a distance of approximately 112.0 miles, and (2) approximately milepost 121.39 in Gord, Calhoun County, Mich., to approximately milepost 145.60 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Mich., a distance of approximately 24.21 miles (collectively, the line). MDOT states that, under the proposed transaction, NSR would not transfer to MDOT certain real property and personal property otherwise part of the line, including Wayne Yard and Willow Run Yard. According to MDOT, NSR will retain an exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, assignable, divisible, licensable and transferable freight operations easement to provide freight rail service on the line.1 1 A motion to dismiss this notice of exemption on the grounds that the transaction does not require authorization from the Board was concurrently filed with this notice of exemption. MDOT requests that the Board give expedited consideration to the motion and issue a decision effective by May 31, E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM Continued 13APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-2012-0024]


Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities, Revision to 
Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Systems Annual Report, Gas 
Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Systems Incident Report, and 
Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Systems Accident Report

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

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: PHMSA is preparing to request approval from the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for the revision of several forms in two 
currently approved information collections. PHMSA is looking at making 
several minor revisions to the hazardous liquid pipeline systems 
accident report and the gas transmission and gathering pipeline systems 
incident report. In addition, PHMSA is considering a number of 
revisions to the annual report form for gas transmission and gathering 
pipeline systems. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) 
of 1995, PHMSA invites comments only on the proposed revisions to the 
forms.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
June 12, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted in the following ways:
    E-Gov Web Site: http://www.regulations.gov. This site allows the 
public to enter comments on any Federal Register notice issued by any 
agency.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation 
(DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery: Room W12-140 on the ground level of DOT, West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. 
and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: Identify the docket number, PHMSA-2012-0024, at the 
beginning of your comments. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided. You

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should know that anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). Therefore, you may 
want to review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal 
Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477) or visit http://www.regulations.gov before submitting any such comments.
    Docket: For access to the docket or to read background documents or 
comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or to Room W12-
140 on the ground level of DOT, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt 
of your written comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped 
postcard with the following statement: ``Comments on PHMSA-2012-0024.'' 
The Docket Clerk will date stamp the postcard prior to returning it to 
you via the U.S. mail. Please note that due to delays in the delivery 
of U.S. mail to Federal offices in Washington, DC, we recommend that 
persons consider an alternative method (internet, fax, or professional 
delivery service) of submitting comments to the docket and ensuring 
their timely receipt at DOT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cameron Satterthwaite by telephone at 
202-366-1319, by fax at 202-366-4566, or by mail at DOT, PHMSA, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE., PHP-30, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    Section 1320.8(d), Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, requires 
PHMSA to provide interested members of the public and affected agencies 
an opportunity to comment on information collection requests. This 
notice identifies several changes to existing information collections 
that PHMSA will be submitting to OMB for approval.

B. Incident and Accident Report Revisions

    PHMSA is revising the gas transmission and gathering pipeline 
systems incident report (PHMSA F 7100.2, gas transmission incident 
report) and hazardous liquid pipeline systems accident report (PHMSA F 
7000-1, hazardous liquid accident report) to collect additional 
information relative to incidents involving girth welds. The revisions 
to these forms will allow for the reporting of detailed information 
regarding the pipe involved with the weld. This information includes 
basic information such as pipe size, diameter, and thickness. Several 
other minor changes are being made to align the form with the online 
system used to collect the reports from pipeline operators. The gas 
transmission incident report is approved under OMB control number 2137-
0522 and the hazardous liquid accident report is approved under OMB 
control number 2137-0047. PHMSA does not anticipate any change to the 
burden of the information collection due to the proposed revision of 
these forms.

C. Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Systems Annual Report 
Revisions

    On September 26, 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board 
issued recommendations to PHMSA regarding improvements in pipeline 
safety. These recommendations include requiring that all gas 
transmission pipelines installed before 1970 be subjected to pressure 
testing, that manufacturing- and construction-related defects only be 
considered stable if a gas pipeline has been subjected to a post-
construction hydrostatic test of at least 1.25 times the maximum 
allowable operating pressure (MAOP), and that all gas transmission 
pipelines be able to accommodate in-line inspection tools. On January 
3, 2012, President Obama signed the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory 
Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 which requires that PHMSA:
     Issue a regulation for the testing of previously untested 
gas transmission pipelines located in high consequence areas (HCAs) and 
operating at a pressure greater than 30 percent of specified minimum 
yield strength;
     Require each owner or operator to verify that their 
records accurately reflect the physical and operational characteristics 
of their pipelines and associated facilities within Class 3 and 4 
locations and Class 1 and 2 HCAs; and
     Require each owner or operator to identify and submit 
documentation relating to each pipeline segment for which records are 
insufficient to confirm the established MAOP.
    PHMSA intends to revise the gas transmission and gathering pipeline 
systems annual report (PHMSA F 7100.2-1, gas transmission annual 
report) to provide a mechanism for owners and operators to identify 
those segments of pipelines for which it is unable to verify the MAOP. 
For the purpose of reporting, ``verification records'' are records that 
can be used to validate the MAOP for the subject pipelines such as as-
built drawings, alignment sheets, specifications, and design, 
construction, inspection, testing, maintenance, manufacturer, or other 
related documents. These records should be traceable, verifiable, and 
complete. The purpose of this verification is to ensure that the 
records accurately reflect the physical and operational characteristics 
of the pipelines. In an upcoming Advisory Bulletin, PHMSA will inform 
operators of their responsibilities to verify that their records 
accurately reflect the physical and operational characteristics of 
their pipelines and associated facilities. In addition, the Advisory 
Bulletin will further clarify what PHMSA considers to be a 
``verifiable'' record.
    PHMSA also intends to revise the gas transmission annual report to 
collect other information related to the NTSB Recommendations and the 
recently signed legislation detailed above. In addition to the MAOP 
verification reporting, these revisions will allow for the collection 
of information regarding the methodology used to determine the MAOP of 
gas transmission pipelines, the total miles of pipelines which have not 
been subjected to a post-construction hydrostatic pressure test of at 
least 125% of the MAOP, and total miles of pipelines which are not able 
to accommodate the passage of instrumented internal inspection devices. 
PHMSA is also revising the gas transmission annual report to improve 
the granularity of the data, remove sections of limited value, collect 
data about anomalies removed from gas transmission pipeline systems, 
and make several minor changes to improve the quality of the data. 
Background for these topics is as follows:

    Pipeline Material Reporting by State: Pipeline mileage by 
material type was collected state-by-state prior to 2010. This data 
allowed PHMSA to determine the amounts and types of pipeline 
materials used in each state. The proposed change would restore this 
granularity which was lost during the 2010 revision to the gas 
transmission annual report. Parts D and E of the gas transmission 
annual report are used to collect information regarding pipeline 
material type. PHMSA proposes to collect this information in the 
state-specific section of the report and to combine Parts D and E of 
the report into a single table. This change will not impact the 
burden of the information collection.
    Additional Commodities: In the current gas transmission annual 
report, operators have the ability to report ``other'' as the 
commodity transported and then enter text describing the commodity. 
Based on a review of 2010 data, many operators submitted text 
equivalent to landfill gas to describe the ``other'' commodity. 
PHMSA proposes to add landfill gas as a commodity choice to reduce

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the mileage reported under the ``other'' category. This change will 
not impact the burden of the information collection.
    Additional Material Type: PHMSA recognizes that composite pipe 
materials are currently being used, or considered for use, by the 
pipeline industry. Outside of reinforced thermosetting plastic, in 
certain and limited use, composite pipe can only be used if PHMSA 
issues a special permit. In an effort to determine the amount of 
composite pipe currently in use, PHMSA proposes to add ``composite 
pipe'' as a material type to Parts D and N of the gas transmission 
annual report. This change will not impact the burden of the 
information collection.
    Removal of Sections A6 and A8: Section A6 in the gas 
transmission annual report allows each submitter to characterize the 
facilities covered by their Operator Identification (OPID) and 
commodity group with respect to whether they are included in an 
integrity management program subject to 49 CFR part 192. Section A8 
allowed submitters to identify whether or not there were any changes 
from the previous year's filing. PHMSA has determined that these 
sections provide limited value to all stakeholders and should be 
removed. This change will not impact the burden of the information 
collection.
    Anomalies Removed from Gas Transmission Systems: The gas 
transmission annual report currently collects information about the 
number of anomalies repaired in response to integrity assessments. 
During data quality checks of the 2010 data, PHMSA learned that many 
anomalies are eliminated from gas transmission systems by pipe 
replacement or abandonment. This data helps to demonstrate the 
benefits of integrity management programs. Therefore, PHMSA proposes 
to revise the gas transmission annual report to collect the number 
of anomalous conditions eliminated by pipe replacement and 
abandonment in Part F of the report.

PHMSA estimates that these revisions will add a burden of two hours per 
response to the gas transmission annual report. PHMSA receives 
approximately 1,440 gas transmission annual reports each year. 
Therefore, PHMSA estimates the burden of the information collection to 
increase by a total of 2,880 hours (1,440 reports x 2 hours). A copy of 
the revised report has been placed in the docket and is available for 
comment.

D. Information Collection Focus

    PHMSA is only requesting approval of the information collection 
changes addressed in this notice. The information collection for 
hazardous liquid accident reports (OMB control number 2137-0047) is 
scheduled to expire December 31, 2013, and the information collection 
that covers gas transmission annual reports and incident reports (OMB 
control number 2137-0522) is scheduled to expire January 31, 2014. In 
2013, PHMSA will solicit comments on all aspects of these information 
collections, including the forms, in accordance with the standard PRA 
renewal process.

E. Summary of Impacted Collections

    The following information is provided for each information 
collection: (1) Title of the information collection; (2) OMB control 
number; (3) Current expiration date; (4) Type of request; (5) Abstract 
of the information collection activity; (6) Description of affected 
public; (7) Estimate of total annual reporting and recordkeeping 
burden; and (8) Frequency of collection. PHMSA is only focusing on the 
revisions detailed in this notice and will request revisions to the 
following information collection activities. PHMSA requests comments on 
the following information collections:
    1. Title: Incident and Annual Reports for Gas Pipeline Operators.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0522.
    Current Expiration Date: 1/31/2014.
    Type of Request: Revision.
    Abstract: PHMSA is looking to revise the gas transmission annual 
report (PHMSA F 7100.2-1) to collect additional information in response 
to recent NTSB recommendations and legislation. In addition, PHMSA is 
revising the gas transmission incident report form (PHMSA F 7100.2) to 
allow for the submission of additional information regarding the pipe 
in relation to girth weld failures.
    Affected Public: Gas transmission/gathering pipeline operators.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Total Annual Responses: 21,864.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 80,264 (increase of 2,880).
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    2. Title: Transportation of Hazardous Liquids by Pipeline: 
Recordkeeping and Accident Reporting.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0047.
    Current Expiration Date: 12/31/2013.
    Type of Request: Revision.
    Abstract: PHMSA is looking to revise the hazardous liquid incident 
report form (PHMSA F 7000-1) to allow for the submission of additional 
information regarding the pipe in relation to girth weld failures.
    Affected Public: Hazardous liquid pipeline operators.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Total Annual Responses: 847.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 51,329.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Comments are invited on:
    (a) The need for the proposed collection of information for the 
proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether 
the information will have practical utility;
    (b) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

    Issued in Washington, DC on April 10, 2012.
Linda Daugherty,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Programs.
[FR Doc. 2012-8960 Filed 4-12-12; 8:45 am]
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