Pipeline Safety: Reminder of Requirements for Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Utility Liquefied Petroleum Gas Pipeline Systems, 65427-65429 [2013-25837]

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The Docket Management Facility is open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. PO 00000 Frm 00164 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65427 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30111, 30168; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50 and 501.8. Issued in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2013. James F. Simons, Director, Office of Regulatory Analysis and Evaluation. [FR Doc. 2013–25951 Filed 10–30–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2013–0097] Pipeline Safety: Reminder of Requirements for Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Utility Liquefied Petroleum Gas Pipeline Systems Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); DOT. ACTION: Notice; Correction of Advisory Bulletin. AGENCY: PHMSA published an Advisory Bulletin in the Federal Register on July 18, 2013, (78 FR 42889) reminding owners and operators of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and utility liquefied petroleum gas (Utility LP-Gas) plants of their obligation to follow certain sections of Part 192 in addition to the American National Standards Institute/National Fire Protection Association (ANSI/NFPA) standards 58 or 59. This document supersedes the July 18, 2013, Advisory Bulletin by correcting a typographical error in the sixth bullet and removing the exemption for small utility LP gas systems from Subpart N (Qualification of Pipeline Personnel) from the bulleted list. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd DelVecchio by phone at 727–213– 1575 or by email at todd.delvecchio@ dot.gov, or Mike Israni at 202–366–4571 or by email at mike.israni@dot.gov. Information about PHMSA may be found at https://phmsa.dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background 49 CFR 192.11 requires that each plant that supplies petroleum gas by pipeline to a natural gas distribution system must meet the requirements of Part 192 and ANSI/NFPA 58 and 59 (2004) (192.11(a)). It also states that each pipeline system subject to Part 192 that transports only petroleum gas or petroleum gas/air mixtures must meet the requirements of Part 192 and of ANSI/NFPA 58 and 59 (192.11(b)). E:\FR\FM\31OCN1.SGM 31OCN1 65428 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 211 / Thursday, October 31, 2013 / Notices Finally, the regulation lays out a primacy provision stating that in the event of a conflict between the regulation and the standard, ANSI/ NFPA 58 and 59 prevail (192.11(c)). However, this primacy provision does not excuse operators from following Part 192 requirements. For instance, when ANSI/NFPA 58 or 59 (2004) does not address a specific subject, then no conflict has occurred and the operator must follow Part 192 requirements. At the time the primacy provision was added to the regulations in 1996, the standards took advantage of more current petroleum gas transportation technology and safety practices. In a July 22, 2009, (74 FR 36139) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), PHMSA proposed changing this primacy provision. PHMSA proposed changing this provision because the new NFPA standards issued in 2008 had many conflicts with Part 192 and PHMSA had noticed that operators were misinterpreting § 192.11(c). In response to the NPRM, commenters objected to the change suggesting it would result in unanticipated safety consequences. PHMSA did not take any action at the final rule stage but in the future, PHMSA may undertake a rulemaking to address this issue. This Advisory Bulletin serves to remind owners and operators of petroleum gas systems that they must continue to comply with certain requirements of Part 192. II. Advisory Bulletin (ADB–2013–03) To: Owners and Operators of LPG and Utility LP-Gas Plants. Subject: Applicability of Part 192 to Owners and Operators of LPG and Utility LP-Gas Plants. Advisory: When ANSI/NFPA 58 or 59 (2004) does not address a specific subject, then a conflict has not occurred and the operator must follow Part 192 requirements. Part 192 covers areas that are not addressed in ANSI/NFPA 58 or 59 (2004). These areas include: • Inspection requirements for distribution mains (§§ 192.305 and 192.307). • Backfill requirements for installing pipe in a ditch (§ 192.319). • Underground pipe clearance requirements (§ 192.325). • Valve requirements for service lines (§§ 192.363 and 192.365). • Continuing surveillance (§ 192.613). • Public awareness (§ 192.616). • Operator qualification (Subpart N) • Distribution Pipeline Integrity Management (Subpart P). While not intended to be an exhaustive list, the following table highlights various requirements of Part 192 that are not addressed by ANSI/ NFPA 58 and 59 (2004). Because ANSI/ NPFA 58 and 59 (2004) do not have specific language on these topics, there is no conflict and therefore, Part 192 applies in these areas. APPLICABLE SECTIONS OF PART 192 IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF NFPA 58 AND 59 (2004) Section Title Subpart G—General Construction Requirements for Transmission Lines and Mains 192.305 192.307 192.319 192.323 192.325 ........................................... ........................................... ........................................... ........................................... ........................................... Inspection: General. Inspection of materials. Installation of pipe in a ditch. Casing. Underground clearance. Subpart H—Customer Meters, Service Regulators, and Service Lines 192.363 ........................................... 192.365 ........................................... Service lines: Valve requirements. Service lines: Location of valves. Subpart L—Operations 192.613 192.614 192.615 192.616 ........................................... ........................................... ........................................... ........................................... Continuing Surveillance. Damage Prevention Program. Emergency Plans. Public Awareness. Subpart N—Qualification of Pipeline Personnel The entire Part 192 subpart would apply with the exception of § 192.805(h). NFPA 58 and 59 do not address any of the operator qualification and testing requirements. Therefore, owners and operators of LPG and Utility LP-Gas Plants would be required to meet the training requirements under the NFPA standard and the operator qualification and testing requirements under Part 192. Subpart P—Distribution Pipeline Integrity Management (IM) mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES This Part 192 subpart would apply in its entirety; NFPA 58 does not address any requirements of this subpart. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:21 Oct 30, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00165 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\31OCN1.SGM 31OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 211 / Thursday, October 31, 2013 / Notices Issued in Washington, DC, on October 25, 2013. Alan K. Mayberry, Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Programs. [FR Doc. 2013–25837 Filed 10–30–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2010–0041] Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Federal pipeline safety laws, PHMSA is publishing this notice of a special permit request received from a pipeline operator seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal pipeline safety regulations. This notice seeks public comments on this request, including comments on any safety or environmental impacts. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will evaluate the request and determine whether to grant or deny a special permit. DATES: Submit any comments regarding this special permit request by December 2, 2013. SUMMARY: Docket No. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES PHMSA–2010–0041 ........ VerDate Mar<15>2010 Comments should reference the docket number for the specific special permit request and may be submitted in the following ways: • E-Gov Web site: https:// 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 System: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Docket Management System: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: You should identify the docket number for the special permit request you are commenting on at the beginning of your comments. If you submit your comments by mail, please submit two copies. To receive confirmation that PHMSA has received your comments, please include a selfaddressed stamped postcard. Internet users may submit comments at https:// www.Regulations.gov. ADDRESSES: Note: Comments are posted without changes or edits to https:// www.Regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. There is a privacy Requester Williams Gas LLC (WGP). 19:21 Oct 30, 2013 Jkt 232001 statement published on https:// www.Regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: General: Kay McIver by telephone at 202–366–0113, or email at kay.mciver@ dot.gov. Technical: Steve Nanney by telephone at 713–272–2855, or email at Steve.Nanney@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PHMSA has received a request for a special permit from a pipeline operator seeking relief from compliance with certain pipeline safety regulations. The request includes a technical analysis provided by the operator. The request has been filed at www.Regulations.gov and assigned a docket number. We invite interested persons to participate by reviewing this special permit request at https://www.Regulations.gov, and by submitting written comments, data or other views. Please include any comments on potential environmental impacts that may result if this special permit is granted. Before acting on this special permit request, PHMSA will evaluate all comments received on or before the comments closing date. Comments will be evaluated after this date if it is possible to do so without incurring additional expense or delay. PHMSA will consider each relevant comment we receive in making our decision to grant or deny a request. PHMSA has received the following special permit request: Regulation(s) affected Pipeline PO 00000 65429 Company, Frm 00166 Nature of special permit 49 CFR 192.150 ............ To authorize the extension of a special permit issued to WGP on June 10, 2011, from its current expiration date of June 10, 2014 to December 31, 2014. PHMSA issued the June 10, 2011 special permit to WGP to waive compliance from Federal Regulations in 49 CFR 192.150 for one (1) segment of natural gas transmission pipeline, the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco) Mainline ‘‘A’’ located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The Federal pipeline safety regulations in 49 CFR 192.150 require that new transmission pipelines or replacement components of a transmission line be designed and constructed to accommodate the passage of instrumented internal inspection devices. This includes the replacement of line pipe, valves, fittings, or other pipeline components. The current configuration of the pipeline does not allow passage of commercially available internal inspection devices and, as a result, the pipeline is not in compliance with PHMSA regulations. The special permit would allow WGP to replace an approximate 2,100-foot segment of 30-inch pipeline with a 42-inch diameter pipeline at the Brandywine Creek, in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 211 (Thursday, October 31, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 65427-65429]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25837]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-2013-0097]


Pipeline Safety: Reminder of Requirements for Liquefied Petroleum 
Gas and Utility Liquefied Petroleum Gas Pipeline Systems

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

ACTION: Notice; Correction of Advisory Bulletin.

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SUMMARY: PHMSA published an Advisory Bulletin in the Federal Register 
on July 18, 2013, (78 FR 42889) reminding owners and operators of 
liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and utility liquefied petroleum gas 
(Utility LP-Gas) plants of their obligation to follow certain sections 
of Part 192 in addition to the American National Standards Institute/
National Fire Protection Association (ANSI/NFPA) standards 58 or 59. 
This document supersedes the July 18, 2013, Advisory Bulletin by 
correcting a typographical error in the sixth bullet and removing the 
exemption for small utility LP gas systems from Subpart N 
(Qualification of Pipeline Personnel) from the bulleted list.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd DelVecchio by phone at 727-213-
1575 or by email at todd.delvecchio@dot.gov, or Mike Israni at 202-366-
4571 or by email at mike.israni@dot.gov. Information about PHMSA may be 
found at https://phmsa.dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    49 CFR 192.11 requires that each plant that supplies petroleum gas 
by pipeline to a natural gas distribution system must meet the 
requirements of Part 192 and ANSI/NFPA 58 and 59 (2004) (192.11(a)). It 
also states that each pipeline system subject to Part 192 that 
transports only petroleum gas or petroleum gas/air mixtures must meet 
the requirements of Part 192 and of ANSI/NFPA 58 and 59 (192.11(b)).

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Finally, the regulation lays out a primacy provision stating that in 
the event of a conflict between the regulation and the standard, ANSI/
NFPA 58 and 59 prevail (192.11(c)). However, this primacy provision 
does not excuse operators from following Part 192 requirements. For 
instance, when ANSI/NFPA 58 or 59 (2004) does not address a specific 
subject, then no conflict has occurred and the operator must follow 
Part 192 requirements.
    At the time the primacy provision was added to the regulations in 
1996, the standards took advantage of more current petroleum gas 
transportation technology and safety practices. In a July 22, 2009, (74 
FR 36139) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), PHMSA proposed changing 
this primacy provision. PHMSA proposed changing this provision because 
the new NFPA standards issued in 2008 had many conflicts with Part 192 
and PHMSA had noticed that operators were misinterpreting Sec.  
192.11(c). In response to the NPRM, commenters objected to the change 
suggesting it would result in unanticipated safety consequences. PHMSA 
did not take any action at the final rule stage but in the future, 
PHMSA may undertake a rulemaking to address this issue. This Advisory 
Bulletin serves to remind owners and operators of petroleum gas systems 
that they must continue to comply with certain requirements of Part 
192.

II. Advisory Bulletin (ADB-2013-03)

    To: Owners and Operators of LPG and Utility LP-Gas Plants.
    Subject: Applicability of Part 192 to Owners and Operators of LPG 
and Utility LP-Gas Plants.
    Advisory: When ANSI/NFPA 58 or 59 (2004) does not address a 
specific subject, then a conflict has not occurred and the operator 
must follow Part 192 requirements. Part 192 covers areas that are not 
addressed in ANSI/NFPA 58 or 59 (2004). These areas include:
     Inspection requirements for distribution mains (Sec. Sec.  
192.305 and 192.307).
     Backfill requirements for installing pipe in a ditch 
(Sec.  192.319).
     Underground pipe clearance requirements (Sec.  192.325).
     Valve requirements for service lines (Sec. Sec.  192.363 
and 192.365).
     Continuing surveillance (Sec.  192.613).
     Public awareness (Sec.  192.616).
     Operator qualification (Subpart N)
     Distribution Pipeline Integrity Management (Subpart P).
    While not intended to be an exhaustive list, the following table 
highlights various requirements of Part 192 that are not addressed by 
ANSI/NFPA 58 and 59 (2004). Because ANSI/NPFA 58 and 59 (2004) do not 
have specific language on these topics, there is no conflict and 
therefore, Part 192 applies in these areas.

 Applicable Sections of Part 192 in Addition to the Requirements of NFPA
                            58 and 59 (2004)
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              Section                               Title
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 Subpart G--General Construction Requirements for Transmission Lines and
                                  Mains
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192.305...........................  Inspection: General.
192.307...........................  Inspection of materials.
192.319...........................  Installation of pipe in a ditch.
192.323...........................  Casing.
192.325...........................  Underground clearance.
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    Subpart H--Customer Meters, Service Regulators, and Service Lines
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192.363...........................  Service lines: Valve requirements.
192.365...........................  Service lines: Location of valves.
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                          Subpart L--Operations
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192.613...........................  Continuing Surveillance.
192.614...........................  Damage Prevention Program.
192.615...........................  Emergency Plans.
192.616...........................  Public Awareness.
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             Subpart N--Qualification of Pipeline Personnel
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The entire Part 192 subpart would apply with the exception of Sec.
 192.805(h). NFPA 58 and 59 do not address any of the operator
 qualification and testing requirements. Therefore, owners and operators
 of LPG and Utility LP-Gas Plants would be required to meet the training
 requirements under the NFPA standard and the operator qualification and
 testing requirements under Part 192.
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       Subpart P--Distribution Pipeline Integrity Management (IM)
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This Part 192 subpart would apply in its entirety; NFPA 58 does not
 address any requirements of this subpart.
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    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 25, 2013.
Alan K. Mayberry,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Programs.
[FR Doc. 2013-25837 Filed 10-30-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-60-P