Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pipeline Safety: Polyamide-11 (PA-11) Plastic Pipe Design Pressures
Document Number: E8-30637
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule amends the design factor and design pressure limits for natural gas pipelines made from new Polyamide-11 (PA-11) thermoplastic pipe. Together, these two changes in the regulations allow pipeline operators to operate certain pipelines constructed of new PA-11 pipe at higher operating pressures than is currently allowed for other plastic pipe materials.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: E8-29827
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the sections affected, modes of transportation, and the nature of application have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Request of modifications of special permits (e.g., to provide for additional hazardous materials, packaging design changes, additional mode of transportation, etc.) are described in footnotes to the application number. Application numbers with the suffix ``M'' denote a modification request. These applications have been separated from the new application for special permits to facilitate processing.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: E8-29638
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-28565
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-02
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice revises mathematical calculations of the total annual burden hours for OMB Control No. 2137-0022, indicated under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of the Docket No. PHMSA-2008-0018 (Notice 08-1) Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review; 2008 Renewals, published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2008 (73 FR 8400). In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below will be forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comments. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burden.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permits Applications
Document Number: E8-28399
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-02
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5117(c), PHMSA is publishing the following list of special permit applications that have been in process for 180 days or more. The reason(s) for delay and the expected completion date for action on each application is provided in association with each identified application.
Pipeline Safety: Standards for Increasing the Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure for Gas Transmission Pipelines
Document Number: E8-28435
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-01
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice stays the effective date of a final rule published October 17, 2008 (73 FR 62148). In accordance with the Congressional Review Act, the final rule will be effective on December 22, 2008, 60 days after the final rule was transmitted to Congress .
Hazardous Materials: Enhancing Rail Transportation Safety and Security for Hazardous Materials Shipments
Document Number: E8-27826
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-26
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is improving safety by revising the current requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials by rail. We are requiring rail carriers to compile annual data on certain shipments of explosive, toxic by inhalation, and radioactive materials; use the data to analyze safety and security risks along rail routes where those materials are transported; assess alternative routing options; and make routing decisions based on those assessments. We are also clarifying rail carriers' responsibility to address in their security plans issues related to en route storage and delays in transit. In addition, we are adopting a new requirement for rail carriers to inspect placarded hazardous materials rail cars for signs of tampering or the presence of suspicious items, including improvised explosive devices. We adopted these requirements in an interim final rule published April 16, 2008. This final rule fulfills requirements in Section 1551 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. Also, in today's edition of the Federal Register, both FRA and TSA are publishing final rules adopting requirements and procedures that promote rail transportation security.
Pipeline Safety: Proper Identification of Internal Corrosion Risk
Document Number: E8-27869
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This advisory bulletin reminds operators of their responsibilities under 49 CFR 195.579(a) and 49 CFR 195.589(c) with respect to the identification of circumstances under which the potential for internal corrosion must be investigated.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: E8-27594
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-24
Agency: Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR part 107, subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the sections affected, modes of transportation, and the nature of application have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Request of modifications of special permits (e.g., to provide for additional hazardous materials, packaging design changes, additional mode of transportation, etc.) are described in footnotes to the application number. Application numbers with the suffix ``M'' denote a modification request. There applications have been separated from the new application for special permits to facilitate processing.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: E8-27595
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Pipeline Safety: Technical Assistance Grants to Communities
Document Number: E8-26506
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-06
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA has established the criteria and competitive procedures that will be used in awarding grants under the Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program authorized in 49 U.S.C. 60130 and section 2(e) of the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement, and Safety Act of 2006. Subject to future appropriations, the TAG program will provide grants to local governments and community groups for engineering and other technical assistance related to pipeline safety matters. This Notice also details PHMSA's plans for awarding the three demonstration grants authorized under the TAG program.
Pipeline Safety: Meetings of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee and Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee
Document Number: E8-26061
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-31
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces public meetings of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) and of the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC). The committees will meet to discuss two important regulatory proposals and several future regulatory initiatives.
Information Collection Activities
Document Number: E8-25846
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-30
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is extending the period for public comment to its Federal Register Notice issued on September 4, 2008 (73 FR 51697) that proposes to revise forms PHMSA F 7100.2Incident Report for Gas Transmission and Gathering Systems; PHMSA F 7100.1Incident Report for Gas Distribution Systems; and PHMSA F 7000-1Accident Report for Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Systems.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permits Applications
Document Number: E8-25742
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-29
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5117(c), PHMSA is publishing the following list of special permit applications that have been in process for 180 days or more. The reason(s) for delay and the expected completion date for action on each application is provided in association with each identified application.
International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods; Public Meeting-Correction Notice
Document Number: E8-25482
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-27
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
A notice published Friday, October 12, 2008 (FR Volume 73, Number 202, Pages 61930-61931) cited an incorrect date for PHMSA's public meeting in preparation for the 34th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) during which PHMSA is also soliciting comments relative to potential new work items which may be considered for inclusion in its international agenda, and comments relative to a potential future rulemaking action regarding the use and applicability of international standards. The correct date for the UNSCOE TDG public meeting is Wednesday, November 19, 2008. In addition, the notice cited an incorrect date relative to a separate public meeting in preparation for the 16th Session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCOE GHS). The correct date for the LTNSCOE GHS public meeting is Tuesday, November 18, 2008. Essential information regarding these meetings is reproduced below. For more details on the issues to be considered at each meeting, please refer to the original notice (see http://edocket.accessgpp.gov08/df/E8- 24718.pdf).
International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods; Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-24718
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is to advise interested persons that PHMSA will conduct a public meeting in preparation for the 34th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) to be held November 30-December 9, 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland. During this meeting, PHMSA is also soliciting comments relative to potential new work items which may be considered for inclusion in its international agenda, and comments relative to a potential future rulemaking action regarding the use and applicability of international standards. This notice also provides information relative to a separate public meeting in preparation for the 16th Session of the United Nations Sub- Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCOE GHS) to be held December 10-12, 2008. Information Regarding the UNSCOE TDG Meeting:
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: E8-24618
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: E8-24617
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR part 107, subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the sections affected, modes of transportation, and the nature of application have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Request of modifications of special permits (e.g. to provide for additional hazardous materials, packaging design changes, additional mode of transportation, etc.) are described in footnotes to the application number. Application numbers with the suffix ``M'' demote a modification request. There applications have been separated from the new application for special permits to facilitate processing.
Pipeline Safety: Standards for Increasing the Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure for Gas Transmission Pipelines
Document Number: E8-23915
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is amending the pipeline safety regulations to prescribe safety requirements for the operation of certain gas transmission pipelines at pressures based on higher operating stress levels. The result is an increase of maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) over that currently allowed in the regulations. Improvements in pipeline technology assessment methodology, maintenance practices, and management processes over the past twenty-five years have significantly reduced the risk of failure in pipelines and necessitate updating the standards that govern the MAOP. This rule will generate significant public benefits by reducing the number and consequences of potential incidents and boosting the potential capacity and efficiency of pipeline infrastructure, while promoting rigorous life-cycle maintenance and investment in improved pipe technology.
Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Enforcement Authority Procedures
Document Number: E8-23248
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-02
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is proposing to issue rules implementing certain inspection, investigation, and enforcement authority conferred on the Secretary of Transportation by the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005. The proposed rules would establish procedures for: (1) The inspection and opening of packages to identify undeclared or non-compliant shipments; (2) the temporary detention and inspection of suspicious packages; and (3) the issuance of emergency orders (restrictions, prohibitions, recalls, and out-of-service orders) to address unsafe conditions or practices posing an imminent hazard. These new inspection and enforcement procedures will enhance DOT's ability to respond immediately and effectively to conditions or practices that pose serious threats to life, property, or the environment.
Hazardous Materials Table, Special Provisions, Hazardous Materials Communications, Emergency Response Information, and Training Requirements
Document Number: E8-23119
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-01
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Hazardous Materials Regulations: Minor Editorial Corrections and Clarifications
Document Number: E8-22743
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-01
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule corrects editorial errors, makes minor regulatory changes and, in response to requests for clarification, improves the clarity of certain provisions in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The intended effect of this rule is to enhance the accuracy and reduce misunderstandings of the regulations. The amendments contained in this rule are non-substantive changes.
Pipeline Safety: Workshop on Anomaly Assessment and Repair
Document Number: E8-22602
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-25
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Recent observations by PHMSA indicate possible inconsistencies in how natural gas transmission pipeline operators assess and repair anomalies, such as corrosion defects, and apply the results of calculations to their decision making for further action. Special permits granted by PHMSA over the past two years prescribe specific assessment and repair procedures for pipelines operating under a class location change and maximum allowable operating pressure special permit. Moreover, recent research indicating that existing methods of predicting the remaining strength of corroded pipe could provide non- conservative results (i.e., the pipe will fail at a pressure lower than that predicted) in some circumstances. Non-conservative results could be obtained even when the dimensions of pipeline anomalies are known with precision. PHMSA is sponsoring a Workshop on Assessment and Repair of Anomalies in Pipelines to allow stakeholders of the pipeline safety community to learn about and discuss these research results, current evaluation practices, and methods to assure pipeline safety. The discussion of current evaluation practices and methods to assure pipeline safety should include: A review of safety factors used to evaluate anomalies when assessing in-line tool and excavation results, review of how outside forces and overpressure may effect anomaly stresses, how ILI tool accuracy is applied to anomaly evaluation, and how anomaly growth rates in assessments are considered.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permits Applications
Document Number: E8-22306
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-25
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5117(c), PHMSA is publishing the following list of special permit applications that have been in process for 180 days or more. The reason(s) for delay and the expected completion date for action on each application is provided in association with each identified application.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: E8-21640
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-19
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1-Motor vehicle, 2-Rail freight, 3-Cargo vessel, 4-Cargo aircraft only, 5-Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: E8-21641
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the sections affected, modes of transportation, and the nature of application have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Request of modifications of special permits (e.g. to provide for additional hazardous materials, packaging design changes, additional mode of transportation, etc.) are described in footnotes to the application number. Application numbers with the suffix ``M'' demote a modification request. There applications have been separated from the new application for special permits to facilitate processing.
Pipeline Safety: Integrity Management Program for Gas Distribution Pipelines
Document Number: E8-21283
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-12
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is extending the period for public comment to give interested persons an additional 30 days to comment on a proposed rule to amend the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations to require operators of gas distribution pipelines to develop and implement integrity management (IM) programs.
Pipeline Safety: Control Room Management/Human Factors
Document Number: E8-20701
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-12
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA proposes to revise the Federal pipeline safety regulations to address human factors and other components of control room management. The proposed rules would require operators of hazardous liquid pipelines, gas pipelines, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities to amend their existing written operations and maintenance procedures, operator qualification (OQ) programs, and emergency plans to assure controllers and control room management practices and procedures used maintain pipeline safety and integrity. This proposed rule results from a PHMSA study of controllers and controller performance issues known as the Controller Certification Project (CCERT), a National Transportation Safety Board study, safety- related condition reports, operator visits and inspections, and inquiries. This rule would improve opportunities to reduce risk through more effective control of pipelines and require the human factors management plan mandated by the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement, and Safety Act of 2006 (PIPES Act). These regulations would enhance pipeline safety by coupling strengthened control room management, including automated control systems, with improved controller training and qualifications and fatigue management. PHMSA expects these regulations will complement efforts already underway in the pipeline industry to address human factors and control room management, such as the development of new national consensus standards, including an American Petroleum Institute (API) recommended practices on roles and responsibilities, shift operations, management of change, fatigue management, alarm management and SCADA display standard, as well as comparable business practices at some pipeline companies.
Pipeline Safety: Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collections
Document Number: E8-20973
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-10
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that PHMSA is forwarding an Information Collection Request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the renewal and extension of four existing information collections. On May 22, 2008 (73 FR 29846), PHMSA published a Federal Register notice soliciting comments on these information collections. No comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow the public an additional 30 days to submit comments on the information collections described below.
Hazardous Materials: Risk-Based Adjustment of Transportation Security Plan Requirements
Document Number: E8-20856
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-09
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA, in consultation with the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is proposing to modify its current security plan requirements governing the commercial transportation of hazardous materials by air, rail, vessel, and highway. Based on an evaluation of the security threats associated with specific types and quantities of hazardous materials, the proposed rule would narrow the list of materials subject to security plan requirements and reduce associated regulatory costs and paperwork burden. The proposed rule also would clarify certain requirements related to security planning, training, and documentation and incorporate and build on recent international standards governing hazardous materials security.
Information Collection Activities
Document Number: E8-20440
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-04
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) invites comments on its intention to revise forms PHMSA F 7100.2Incident Report For Gas Transmission and Gathering Systems; PHMSA F 7100.1 Incident Report for Gas Distribution Systems; and PHMSA F 7000-1 Accident Report for Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Systems, and its intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for revised information collection burdens.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: E8-19250
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: E8-19249
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the sections affected, modes of transportation, and the nature of application have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Request of modifications of special permits (e.g., to provide for additional hazardous materials, packaging design changes, additional mode of transportation, etc.) are described in footnotes to the application number. Application numbers with the suffix ``M'' denote a modification request. Their applications have been separated from the new application for special permits to facilitate processing.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permits Applications
Document Number: E8-19248
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5117(c), PHMSA is publishing the following list of special permit applications that have been in process for 180 days or more. The reason(s) for delay and the expected completion date for action on each application is provided in association with each identified application.
Pipeline Safety: National Pipeline Mapping System
Document Number: E8-17532
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-31
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document advises gas transmission pipeline operators, hazardous liquid pipeline operators, and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant operators of voluntary changes pertaining to submittal dates and Operator ID numbers for National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) submissions.
Pipeline Safety: Voluntary Survey of Regulated and Unregulated Low-Stress Pipeline Information
Document Number: E8-17530
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-31
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA's Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) is requesting each operator of a rural low-stress hazardous liquid pipeline to complete a voluntary survey to gather information concerning the mileage and characteristics of these pipelines to assess the costs of subjecting rural low-stress pipeline mileage to the pipeline safety standards and regulations pursuant to the PIPES Act. The purpose of this notice is to request all operators of LSPs to complete the voluntary survey, including operators of low-stress pipelines that will not be subject to the pipeline safety standards and regulations until Phase II of the rulemaking proceeding.
Hazardous Materials: Revision to Requirements for the Transportation of Batteries and Battery-Powered Devices; and Harmonization With the United Nations Recommendations, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions
Document Number: E8-16579
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-31
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with international standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the Hazardous Materials Regulations with recent changes to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. The proposals include amendments and clarifications addressing the safe transportation of batteries and battery-powered devices. Consistent with recent changes to the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions, PHMSA is proposing to clarify the prohibition against transporting electrical devices, including batteries and battery-powered devices that are likely to create sparks or generate a dangerous amount of heat. PHMSA also is proposing to modify and enhance requirements for the packaging and handling of batteries and battery-powered devices, particularly in air commerce, to emphasize the safety precautions that are necessary to prevent incidents during transportation. PHMSA developed these proposals in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration in order to enhance the safe transportation of batteries and battery-powered devices.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permits Applications
Document Number: E8-16689
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-23
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5117(c), PHMSA is publishing the following list of special permit applications that have been in process for 180 days or more. The reason(s) for delay and the expected completion date for action on each application is provided in association with each identified application.
Petitions for Interim Standards for Rail Tank Cars Used to Transport Toxic-by-Inhalation Hazard Materials
Document Number: E8-16535
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-23
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document solicits comments on the merits of two petitions for rulemaking filed with PHMSA seeking promulgation of an interim standard for railroad tank cars used to transport toxic by inhalation hazard (TIH) materials. One petition was filed jointly by the American Chemistry Council, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, Association of American Railroads, Chlorine Institute, and Railway Supply Institute, and a second petition was filed by The Fertilizer Institute.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: E8-16443
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-23
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the sections affected, modes of transportation, and the nature of application have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Request of modifications of special permits (e.g. to provide for additional hazardous materials, packaging design changes, additional mode of transportation, etc.) are described in footnotes to the application number. Application numbers with the suffix ``M'' denote a modification request. Their applications have been separated from the new application for special permits to facilitate processing.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: E8-16437
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-23
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Hazardous Materials: Meeting Future Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Challenges
Document Number: E8-16503
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-18
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is hosting a public workshop to identify and discuss strategies for meeting emerging hazardous materials transportation safety challenges, particularly in the development of innovative safety solutions that provide the Department of Transportation, other federal agencies, state agencies, the regulated community, and emergency response organizations with flexible tools to manage and reduce safety risks. The workshop will provide an opportunity for PHMSA and its stakeholders to discuss the future direction of the hazardous materials transportation safety program, with a focus on three broad themes: (1) Safety, Risk Reduction, and Integrity Management; (2) 21st Century Solutions: Using New Technology for Improved Safety Controls/Improving Safety Controls for New Technology; and (3) Achieving Balance and EffectivenessConsistency and Uniformity.
Hazardous Materials; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: Z8-1211
Type: Unknown
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Department of the Treasury
Information Collection Activities
Document Number: E8-15653
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-10
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval and extension until March 28, 2011 for an information collection request entitled ``Hazardous Materials Public Sector Training and Planning Grants,'' under OMB Control No. 2137-0586. This ICR was revised to implement a statutory provision authorizing PHMSA to request information from states concerning fees related to the transportation of hazardous materials. We are reserving these questions for use in a pilot project we are currently developing. In addition, this ICR was revised to include more detailed information from grantees to enable us to more accurately evaluate the effectiveness of the grant program in meeting emergency response planning and training needs. These questions are to be answered during the close-out procedures conducted and submitted at the end of the application cycle.
Hazardous Materials; Combination Packages Containing Liquids Intended for Transport by Aircraft
Document Number: E8-15372
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-07
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are considering changes to requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to non-bulk packagings used to transport hazardous materials in air transportation. To enhance aviation safety, the two agencies are seeking to identify cost-effective solutions that can be implemented to reduce incident rates and potentially detrimental consequences without placing unnecessary burdens on the regulated community. We are soliciting comments on how to accomplish these goals, including measures to: (1) Enhance the effectiveness of performance testing for packagings used to transport hazardous materials on aircraft; (2) more clearly indicate the responsibilities of shippers that offer packages for air transport in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR); and (3) authorize alternatives for enhancing package integrity. We are also considering ways to simplify current requirements. Commenters are also invited to present additional ideas for improving the safe transportation of hazardous materials by aircraft.
Hazardous Materials: Requirements for the Storage of Explosives During Transportation
Document Number: E8-15119
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-03
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is concerned that current requirements may not adequately address the risks associated with the storage of explosives while they are in transportation. On November 16, 2005, we published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit comments concerning measures to reduce those risks. The comment period closed February 14, 2006. To ensure that our stakeholders are fully aware of the risks we are addressing and given sufficient opportunity to comment, this ANPRM re-opens the comment period, summarizes the comments already in the docket, and announces a public meeting.
Pipeline Safety: Dynamic Riser Inspection, Maintenance, and Monitoring Records on Offshore Floating Facilities.
Document Number: E8-14953
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-02
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
To remind owners and operators of the importance of retaining inspection, maintenance, and monitoring records for dynamic risers located on offshore floating facilities.
Pipeline Safety: Notice to Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Operators of Request for Voluntary Advance Notification of Intent To Transport Biofuels
Document Number: E8-14137
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-25
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is requesting that any hazardous liquid pipeline operator intending to transport ethanol, ethanol-gasoline blends, or other biofuels by pipeline voluntarily provide us with advance notice of their intent to transport these fuels to facilitate cooperation in achieving safety. We request that any operator intending to field test transportation of biofuels by pipeline notify PHMSA of such testing in advance so that PHMSA can work with the operator to address any safety concerns that arise. PHMSA will be interested in discussing the steps the operator will take to ensure safety during the test and informing the local emergency response officials about the product being transported.
Pipeline Safety: Integrity Management Program for Gas Distribution Pipelines
Document Number: 08-1387
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-06-25
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA proposes to amend the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations to require operators of gas distribution pipelines to develop and implement integrity management (IM) programs. The purpose of these programs is to enhance safety by identifying and reducing pipeline integrity risks. The IM programs required by the proposed rule would be similar to those currently required for gas transmission pipelines, but tailored to reflect the differences in and among distribution systems. In accordance with Federal law, the proposed rule would require operators to install excess flow valves on certain new and replaced residential service lines, subject to feasibility criteria outlined in the rule. Based on the required risk assessments and enhanced controls, the proposed rule also would establish procedures and standards permitting risk-based adjustment of prescribed intervals for leak detection surveys and other fixed-interval requirements in the agency's existing regulations for gas distribution pipelines. To further minimize regulatory burdens, the proposed rule would establish simpler requirements for master meter and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) operators, reflecting the relatively lower risk of these small pipeline systems. This proposal also addresses statutory mandates and recommendations from the DOT's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and stakeholder groups.
Pipeline Safety: Workshop on Cased Pipeline Integrity Assessments
Document Number: E8-14119
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-23
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is holding a Workshop on Cased Pipeline Integrity Assessments and in coordination with a planning group representing the National Association of Pipeline Safety Regulators, American Gas Association, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, American Public Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, and NACE International, the workshop focus will be for pipeline operators, trade associations, and others to address concerns with successfully using External Corrosion Direct Assessment integrity evaluation methods and use of other technologies to assess casings in High Consequence Areas.