Pipeline Safety: Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform; Correction, 12835-12836 [2021-04576]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 42 / Friday, March 5, 2021 / Rules and Regulations amending 49 CFR parts 191 and 192 published at 86 FR 2210 on January 11, 2021, is delayed to March 21, 2021. Incorporation by reference date: The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the final rule published at 86 FR 2210 on January 11, 2021, is delayed to March 21, 2021. Enforcement discretion withdrawal date: The document published at 84 FR 11253 on March 26, 2019, is withdrawn as of March 21, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sayler Palabrica, Transportation Specialist, by telephone at 202–366– 0559. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access and Filing A copy of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) (85 FR 35240, June 9, 2020), all comments received, the final rule, and all background material may be viewed online at http:// www.regulations.gov using the docket number listed above. A copy of this document will be placed in the docket. Electronic retrieval help and guidelines are available on the website. It is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. An electronic copy of this document may also be downloaded from the Office of the Federal Register’s website at http://www.ofr.gov and the Government Publishing Office’s website at http://www.gpo.gov. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Background On January 20, 2021, the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff issued a memorandum titled, ‘‘Regulatory Freeze Pending Review.’’ The memorandum requested that the heads of executive departments and agencies (agencies) take steps to ensure that the President’s appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or pending rules. With respect to rules published in the Federal Register, but not yet effective, the memorandum asked that agencies consider postponing the rules’ effective dates for 60 days from the date of the memorandum (i.e., until March 21, 2021) for the purpose of reviewing any questions of fact, law, and policy the rules may raise. In accordance with this direction, PHMSA has decided to delay the effective date of the final rule, Pipeline Safety: Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform (RIN 2137–AF36), until March 21, 2021. PHMSA likewise delays the withdrawal of the March 26, 2019, ‘‘Exercise of Enforcement Discretion Regarding Farm Taps’’ (84 FR 11253) and the unpublished October 27, 2015, letter to VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:52 Mar 04, 2021 Jkt 253001 the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America announcing a stay of enforcement pertaining to certain pressure vessels, each of which are available in the docket for the final rule. The final rule amends part 191 and 192 to reduce regulatory burdens on operators on the construction, maintenance, and operation of gas transmission, gas distribution, and gas gathering pipeline systems. The amendments include changes to requirements for distribution integrity management, reporting, corrosion control, design, welding, and testing. The delay in the final rule’s effective date will afford the President’s appointees or designees an opportunity to review the final rule and will allow for consideration of any questions of fact, law, or policy that the final rule may raise before it becomes effective. Waiver of Rulemaking and Delayed Effective Date Under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553), PHMSA generally offers interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposed regulations and publish final rules not less than 30 days before their effective dates. However, the APA provides that an agency is not required to conduct notice-and-comment rulemaking and may delay effective dates when the agency, for good cause, finds that each requirement is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest (5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and (d)(3)). There is good cause to waive both of these requirements here as they are impracticable. A delay in the effective date of the final rule, ‘‘Pipeline Safety: Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform’’, is necessary for the President’s appointees and designees to have adequate time to review the rule before it takes effect, and neither the notice and comment process nor the delayed effective date could be implemented in time to allow for this review. List of Subjects 12835 Issued in Washington, DC, on March 1, 2021, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.97. Tristan H. Brown, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2021–04572 Filed 3–4–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 192 [Docket No. PHMSA–2018–0046; Amdt. No. 192–28] RIN 2137–AF36 Pipeline Safety: Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform; Correction Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; correction. AGENCY: PHMSA is correcting its Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform final rule that published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2021. The rule makes miscellaneous changes to the regulatory requirements for gas pipeline systems. DATES: This correction is effective March 21, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sayler Palabrica, Transportation Specialist, by telephone at 202–366– 0559. SUMMARY: PHMSA is correcting its Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform final rule that published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2021 (86 FR 2210). PHMSA is correcting the amendatory instructions to 49 CFR 192.281 and appendix B to part 192. PHMSA is also correcting the new regulatory text at § 192.507(d) to remove the word ‘‘hydrostatic,’’ consistent with the unanimous recommendation of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee and the stated intent in the preamble of the final rule.1 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 49 CFR Part 191 List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 192 Gas gathering, Integrity management, Pipeline reporting requirements, Pipeline safety. Fire prevention, Incorporation by reference, Pipeline safety, Security measures. 49 CFR Part 192 Corrections Fire prevention, Incorporation by reference, Pipeline safety, Security measures. In FR Doc. 2021–00208 that appears on page 2210 of the Federal Register on Monday, January 11, 2021, the following corrections are made: PO 00000 1 See Frm 00037 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\05MRR1.SGM 86 FR 2210 at page 2234. 05MRR1 12836 § 192.281 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 42 / Friday, March 5, 2021 / Rules and Regulations [Corrected] § 192.507 1. On page 2240, in the second column, in part 192, in amendment 10, the instruction ‘‘In § 192.281, revise paragraph (c) to read as follow:’’ is corrected to read ‘‘In § 192.281, revise paragraph (c) introductory text to read as follows:’’ ■ 2. On page 2241, in the third column, in amendatory instruction 17, paragraph (d) is corrected to read as follows: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:52 Mar 04, 2021 Jkt 253001 [Corrected] * * * * (d) For fabricated units and short sections of pipe, for which a post installation test is impractical, a preinstallation pressure test must be conducted in accordance with the requirements of this section. Appendix B to Part 192 [Corrected] 3. On page 2242, in the third column, in part 192 in amendment 25, the instructions are corrected to read: ■ PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4700 a. In section I.A., remove the term ‘‘ASTM D2513–12ae1’’ and add in its place ‘‘ASTM D2513’’; and ■ b. In section I.B., remove the term ‘‘ASTM D2513–12ae1’’ and add in its place ‘‘ASTM D2513’’. ■ * Sfmt 9990 Issued in Washington, DC, on March 1, 2021, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.97. Tristan H. Brown, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2021–04576 Filed 3–4–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P E:\FR\FM\05MRR1.SGM 05MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 42 (Friday, March 5, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 12835-12836]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-04576]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 192

[Docket No. PHMSA-2018-0046; Amdt. No. 192-28]
RIN 2137-AF36


Pipeline Safety: Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform; Correction

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

ACTION: Final rule; correction.

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SUMMARY: PHMSA is correcting its Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform final 
rule that published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2021. The 
rule makes miscellaneous changes to the regulatory requirements for gas 
pipeline systems.

DATES: This correction is effective March 21, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sayler Palabrica, Transportation 
Specialist, by telephone at 202-366-0559.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PHMSA is correcting its Gas Pipeline 
Regulatory Reform final rule that published in the Federal Register on 
January 11, 2021 (86 FR 2210). PHMSA is correcting the amendatory 
instructions to 49 CFR 192.281 and appendix B to part 192. PHMSA is 
also correcting the new regulatory text at Sec.  192.507(d) to remove 
the word ``hydrostatic,'' consistent with the unanimous recommendation 
of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee and the stated intent in the 
preamble of the final rule.\1\
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    \1\ See 86 FR 2210 at page 2234.
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List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 192

    Fire prevention, Incorporation by reference, Pipeline safety, 
Security measures.

Corrections

    In FR Doc. 2021-00208 that appears on page 2210 of the Federal 
Register on Monday, January 11, 2021, the following corrections are 
made:

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Sec.  192.281  [Corrected]

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1. On page 2240, in the second column, in part 192, in amendment 10, 
the instruction ``In Sec.  192.281, revise paragraph (c) to read as 
follow:'' is corrected to read ``In Sec.  192.281, revise paragraph (c) 
introductory text to read as follows:''

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2. On page 2241, in the third column, in amendatory instruction 17, 
paragraph (d) is corrected to read as follows:


Sec.  192.507   [Corrected]

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    (d) For fabricated units and short sections of pipe, for which a 
post installation test is impractical, a preinstallation pressure test 
must be conducted in accordance with the requirements of this section.

Appendix B to Part 192 [Corrected]

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3. On page 2242, in the third column, in part 192 in amendment 25, the 
instructions are corrected to read:
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a. In section I.A., remove the term ``ASTM D2513-12ae1'' and add in its 
place ``ASTM D2513''; and
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b. In section I.B., remove the term ``ASTM D2513-12ae1'' and add in its 
place ``ASTM D2513''.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 1, 2021, under authority 
delegated in 49 CFR 1.97.
Tristan H. Brown,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2021-04576 Filed 3-4-21; 8:45 am]
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