Pipeline Safety: Meetings of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee and the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee, 39153-39154 [2017-17359]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 158 / Thursday, August 17, 2017 / Notices Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES II. Legal Basis FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant exemptions from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the request. The Agency reviews the safety analyses and the public comments, and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(b)) with the reason for the grant or denial, and, if granted, the specific person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the regulatory provision or provisions from which exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period of the exemption (up to 5 years), and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)). III. Daimler Application for Exemption Renewal Daimler has applied for a renewal of an exemption for one of its engineers from 49 CFR 383.23, which prescribes licensing requirements for drivers operating CMVs in interstate or intrastate commerce. This driver, Sven Ennerst, holds a valid German commercial license but is unable to obtain a CDL in any of the U.S. States due to residency requirements. A copy of the request for renewal, dated February 15, 2017, is in the docket identified at the beginning of this notice. Effective July 22, 2015, FMCSA renewed for 2 years Mr. Ennerst’s previous 1-year exemption (80 FR 45576, July 30, 2015). That exemption expired on July 22, 2017. Detailed information about the qualifications and experience of Mr. Ennerst was provided by Daimler in its original application, a copy of which is in the docket referenced above. Renewal of the exemption will enable Mr. Ennerst to operate CMVs in interstate or intrastate commerce to support Daimler field tests VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:44 Aug 16, 2017 Jkt 241001 designed to meet future vehicle safety and environmental requirements and to develop improved safety and emission technologies. According to Daimler, Mr. Ennerst will typically drive for no more than 6 hours per day for 2 consecutive days, and 10 percent of the test driving will be on two-lane State highways, while 90 percent will be on interstate highways. The driving will consist of no more than 200 miles per day, for a total of 400 miles during a two-day period on a quarterly basis. He will in all cases be accompanied by a holder of a U.S. CDL who is familiar with the routes to be traveled. Daimler requests that the exemption cover the maximum allowable duration of 5 years. Daimler has explained in prior exemption requests that the German knowledge and skills tests and training program ensure that Daimler’s drivers operating under the exemption will achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety obtained by complying with the U.S. requirement for a CDL. IV. Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety FMCSA has previously determined that the process for obtaining a German commercial license is comparable to, or as effective as, the requirements of part 383, and adequately assesses the driver’s ability to operate CMVs in the U.S. Since 2012, FMCSA has granted Daimler drivers similar exemptions [May 25, 2012 (77 FR 31422); July 22, 2014 (79 FR 42626); March 27, 2015 (80 FR 16511); October 5, 2015 (80 FR 60220); July 12, 2016 (81 FR 45217); July 25, 2016 (81 FR 48496)]. V. Public Comments On May 15, 2017, FMCSA published notice of this application and requested public comments (82 FR 22371). No comments were submitted. VI. FMCSA Decision Based upon the merits of this application, including Mr. Ennerst’s extensive driving experience and safety record, FMCSA has concluded that the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption, in accordance with § 381.305(a). VII. Terms and Conditions for the Exemption FMCSA grants Daimler and Sven Ennerst an exemption from the CDL requirement in 49 CFR 383.23 to allow Mr. Ennerst to drive CMVs in this country without a U.S. State-issued CDL, subject to the following terms and PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39153 conditions: (1) The driver and carrier must comply with all other applicable provisions of the FMCSRs (49 CFR parts 350–399); (2) the driver must be in possession of the exemption document and a valid German commercial license; (3) the driver must be employed by and operate the CMV within the scope of his duties for Daimler; (4) at all times while operating a CMV under this exemption, the driver must be accompanied by a holder of a U.S. CDL who is familiar with the routes traveled; (5) Daimler must notify FMCSA in writing within 5 business days of any accident, as defined in 49 CFR 390.5, involving this driver; and (6) Daimler must notify FMCSA in writing if this driver is convicted of a disqualifying offense under § 383.51 or § 391.15 of the FMCSRs. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), the exemption will be valid for 5 years unless revoked earlier by the FMCSA. The exemption will be revoked if: (1) Mr. Ennerst fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption results in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would be inconsistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136. VIII. Preemption In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(d), as implemented by 49 CFR 381.600, during the period this exemption is in effect, no State shall enforce any law or regulation applicable to interstate or intrastate commerce that conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption with respect to a firm or person operating under the exemption. Issued on: August 5, 2017. Randi F. Hutchinson, Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2017–17392 Filed 8–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0136] Pipeline Safety: Meetings of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee and the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of advisory committee meetings. AGENCY: This notice announces both a public meeting of the Technical SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17AUN1.SGM 17AUN1 39154 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 158 / Thursday, August 17, 2017 / Notices Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, also known as the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC), to discuss topics and provisions of the proposed rule titled ‘‘Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines,’’ and a joint meeting of the GPAC and the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, also known as the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC). The purpose of the joint meeting of the GPAC and LPAC is to discuss a variety of policy issues and topics relative to pipeline safety. DATES: The GPAC and LPAC will meet in a joint session on September 6, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the GPAC only will meet on September 7, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on September 8, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET. Members of the public who wish to attend in person are asked to register no later than August 28, 2017. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary aids, are asked to notify PHMSA by August 28, 2017. For additional information see the ADDRESSES section. ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at a location yet to be determined in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The location, agenda, and any additional information for the meetings will be published on the following pipeline advisory committee meeting and registration page: https://primis .phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/ MtgHome.mtg?mtg=127. The meetings will not be webcast; however, presentations will be available on the meeting Web site and posted on the E-Gov Web site, https:// www.regulations.gov/, under docket number PHMSA–2016–0136 within 30 days following the meeting. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Public Participation These meetings will be open to the public. Members of the public who attend in person will also be provided an opportunity to make a statement during the meetings. Written comments: Persons who wish to submit written comments on the meetings may submit them to the docket 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 Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:44 Aug 16, 2017 Jkt 241001 Hand Delivery: Room W12–140 on the ground level of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. Instructions: Identify the docket number PHMSA–2016–0136 at the beginning of your comments. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Anyone can 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, consider reviewing DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000; (65 FR 19477), or view the Privacy Notice at https://www.regulations.gov before submitting comments. Docket: For docket access or to read background documents or comments, go to https://www.regulations.gov at any time or to Room W12–140 on the ground level of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 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– 2016–0136.’’ The docket clerk will date stamp the postcard prior to returning it to you via the U.S. mail. Privacy Act Statement In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), the DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. The DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. Services for Individuals with Disabilities: The public meeting will be physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary aids, are asked to notify Cheryl Whetsel at cheryl.whetsel@dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the meeting, contact Cheryl Whetsel by phone at 202–366– 4431 or by email at cheryl.whetsel@ dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Meeting Details and Agenda The GPAC and LPAC will meet in a joint session to discuss a variety of topics to keep committee members upto-date on the pipeline safety program and policy issues. The GPAC will be considering the proposed rule titled ‘‘Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines,’’ which was published in the Federal Register on April 8, 2016; (81 FR 20722), and the associated regulatory analysis. Based on discussions at the previous GPAC meetings, the topics that will be discussed at this meeting are material documentation and the integrity verification process. If time permits, strengthened assessment requirements would also be discussed. Prior to these meetings, PHMSA will finalize the agendas and will publish them on the PHMSA meeting page at https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/ MtgHome.mtg?mtg=127. II. Committee Background The GPAC and the LPAC are statutorily mandated advisory committees that advise PHMSA on proposed gas pipeline and hazardous liquid pipeline safety standards, respectively, and their associated risk assessments. The committees are established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2, as amended) and 49 U.S.C. 60115. The committees consist of 15 members with membership evenly divided among Federal and State governments, the regulated industry, and the general public. The committees advise PHMSA on the technical feasibility, reasonableness, costeffectiveness, and practicability of each proposed pipeline safety standard. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 11, 2017, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.97. Alan K. Mayberry, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 2017–17359 Filed 8–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of Foreign Assets Control Notice of OFAC Sanctions Actions Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that have been placed on OFAC’s Specially Designated SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17AUN1.SGM 17AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 158 (Thursday, August 17, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39153-39154]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-17359]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0136]


Pipeline Safety: Meetings of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee 
and the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee

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

ACTION: Notice of advisory committee meetings.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces both a public meeting of the Technical

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Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, also known as the Gas Pipeline 
Advisory Committee (GPAC), to discuss topics and provisions of the 
proposed rule titled ``Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering 
Pipelines,'' and a joint meeting of the GPAC and the Technical 
Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, also known as the 
Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC). The purpose of the joint 
meeting of the GPAC and LPAC is to discuss a variety of policy issues 
and topics relative to pipeline safety.

DATES: The GPAC and LPAC will meet in a joint session on September 6, 
2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the GPAC only will meet on 
September 7, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on September 8, 
2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET. Members of the public who wish 
to attend in person are asked to register no later than August 28, 
2017. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language 
interpretation or other ancillary aids, are asked to notify PHMSA by 
August 28, 2017. For additional information see the ADDRESSES section.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at a location yet to be determined 
in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The location, agenda, and any 
additional information for the meetings will be published on the 
following pipeline advisory committee meeting and registration page: 
https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/MtgHome.mtg?mtg=127.
    The meetings will not be webcast; however, presentations will be 
available on the meeting Web site and posted on the E-Gov Web site, 
https://www.regulations.gov/, under docket number PHMSA-2016-0136 
within 30 days following the meeting.

Public Participation

    These meetings will be open to the public. Members of the public 
who attend in person will also be provided an opportunity to make a 
statement during the meetings.
    Written comments: Persons who wish to submit written comments on 
the meetings may submit them to the docket 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 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 the DOT West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. 
and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.
    Instructions: Identify the docket number PHMSA-2016-0136 at the 
beginning of your comments. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to https://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided. Anyone can 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, 
consider reviewing DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal 
Register published on April 11, 2000; (65 FR 19477), or view the 
Privacy Notice at https://www.regulations.gov before submitting 
comments.
    Docket: For docket access or to read background documents or 
comments, go to https://www.regulations.gov at any time or to Room W12-
140 on the ground level of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 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-2016-0136.'' The docket clerk 
will date stamp the postcard prior to returning it to you via the U.S. 
mail.

Privacy Act Statement

    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), the DOT solicits comments from 
the public to better inform its rulemaking process. The DOT posts these 
comments, without edit, including any personal information the 
commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov as described in the system 
of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.
    Services for Individuals with Disabilities: The public meeting will 
be physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals 
requiring accommodations, such as sign language interpretation or other 
ancillary aids, are asked to notify Cheryl Whetsel at 
cheryl.whetsel@dot.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the meeting, 
contact Cheryl Whetsel by phone at 202-366-4431 or by email at 
cheryl.whetsel@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Meeting Details and Agenda

    The GPAC and LPAC will meet in a joint session to discuss a variety 
of topics to keep committee members up-to-date on the pipeline safety 
program and policy issues.
    The GPAC will be considering the proposed rule titled ``Safety of 
Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines,'' which was published in the 
Federal Register on April 8, 2016; (81 FR 20722), and the associated 
regulatory analysis. Based on discussions at the previous GPAC 
meetings, the topics that will be discussed at this meeting are 
material documentation and the integrity verification process. If time 
permits, strengthened assessment requirements would also be discussed.
    Prior to these meetings, PHMSA will finalize the agendas and will 
publish them on the PHMSA meeting page at https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/MtgHome.mtg?mtg=127.

II. Committee Background

    The GPAC and the LPAC are statutorily mandated advisory committees 
that advise PHMSA on proposed gas pipeline and hazardous liquid 
pipeline safety standards, respectively, and their associated risk 
assessments. The committees are established in accordance with the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2, as amended) and 49 
U.S.C. 60115. The committees consist of 15 members with membership 
evenly divided among Federal and State governments, the regulated 
industry, and the general public. The committees advise PHMSA on the 
technical feasibility, reasonableness, cost-effectiveness, and 
practicability of each proposed pipeline safety standard.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 11, 2017, under authority 
delegated in 49 CFR 1.97.
Alan K. Mayberry,
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. 2017-17359 Filed 8-16-17; 8:45 am]
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