Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pipeline Safety: Integrity Management Program for Gas Distribution Pipelines
Document Number: E9-31078
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-31
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is extending for 30 days, until February 4, 2010, the period for filing comments to the requirement adopted in the final rule, ``Pipeline Safety: Integrity Management Program for Gas Distribution Pipelines'' to require the reporting of failures of compression couplings used in metal pipe. PHMSA had invited public comment on the extension of this requirement to include reporting of failure of compression couplings used in metal pipe until January 4, 2010. The American Gas Association (AGA) requested that PHMSA extend the comment period for thirty days.
Hazardous Materials: Adjustment of Maximum and Minimum Civil Penalties
Document Number: E9-30696
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-29
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is adjusting the maximum and minimum civil penalties for a knowing violation of the Federal hazardous material transportation law or a regulation, order, special permit, or approval issued under that law. The maximum civil penalty is increased to $55,000, and to $110,000 for a violation that results in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property. The minimum civil penalty is increased to $275, and to $495 for a violation related to training. These adjustments are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: E9-30305
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-22
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: E9-30304
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-22
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 applications 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. Requests for modification 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.
Hazardous Materials: Incorporation of Special Permits Into Regulations
Document Number: E9-30280
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-12-22
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to incorporate provisions contained in certain widely used or longstanding special permits that have an established safety record. Special permits allow a company or individual to package or ship a hazardous material in a manner that varies from the regulations so long as an equivalent level of safety is maintained. The proposed revisions are intended to provide wider access to the regulatory flexibility offered in special permits and eliminate the need for numerous renewal requests, thus reducing paperwork burdens and facilitating commerce while maintaining an appropriate level of safety.
Hazardous Materials: Chemical Oxygen Generators
Document Number: E9-29522
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-11
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is confirming the effective date of its direct final rule, published under Docket No. PHMSA-2009-0238 (HM-224G) on October 15, 2009, to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations by revising the quantity limitation from 25 kg ``gross'' to 25 kg ``net'' for packages of chemical oxygen generators transported aboard cargo aircraft only. The direct final rule stated that it would become effective on November 16, 2009 unless an adverse comment or notice of intent to file an adverse comment was received by November 16, 2009. PHMSA did not receive any adverse comments or notice of intent to file an adverse comment to its October 15, 2009 direct final rule.
Pipeline Safety: Requests for Special Permit
Document Number: E9-29400
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-10
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is publishing this notice of special permit requests we have received from several pipeline operators, seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal pipeline safety regulations. This notice seeks public comments on these requests, including comments on any safety or environmental impacts. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will evaluate each request and determine whether to grant or deny a special permit.
Pipeline Safety: Operator Qualification (OQ) Program Modifications
Document Number: E9-29073
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-12-07
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is issuing this Advisory Bulletin to inform pipeline operators about the standardized notification process for operator qualification (OQ) plan transmittal from the operator to PHMSA. This Advisory Bulletin also informs operators about the addition to PHMSA's glossary of definitions of the terms ``Observation of on-the-job performance'' as applicable to determining employee qualification and ``Significant'' as applicable to OQ program modifications requiring notification. Finally, it makes other miscellaneous clarifications to assist operators in complying with OQ program requirements.
Pipeline Safety: Integrity Management Program for Gas Distribution Pipelines
Document Number: E9-28467
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-04
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is amending 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 this rule are similar to those required for gas transmission pipelines, but tailored to reflect the differences in and among distribution pipelines. Based on the required risk assessments and enhanced controls, the rule also allows for 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 rule establishes simpler requirements for master meter and small liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) operators, reflecting the relatively lower risk of these small pipelines.
Pipeline Safety: Control Room Management/Human Factors
Document Number: E9-28469
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-12-03
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is amending the Federal pipeline safety regulations to
Pipeline Safety: Editorial Amendments to the Pipeline Safety Regulations.
Document Number: E9-28477
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-11-30
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule corrects editorial errors, makes minor changes in the regulatory text, reflects changes in governing laws, and improves the clarity of certain provisions in the pipeline safety regulations. This rule is intended to enhance the accuracy and reduce misunderstandings of the specified regulations. The amendments contained in this rule are non-substantive changes.
Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: E9-28203
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on an information collection under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control No. 2137-0604, titled ``Pipeline Integrity Management in High Consequence Areas Operators with more than 500 Miles of Hazardous Liquid Pipeline.'' PHMSA will request approval from OMB for a renewal of the current information collection.
Pipeline Safety: Meeting of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee and the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee
Document Number: E9-28114
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a public meeting of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) and the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC). The committees will meet to discuss proposed rules on reporting requirements and standards publications and several future regulatory initiatives.
Pipeline Safety: Request To Modify Special Permit Docket No. PHMSA-2007-29078 Federal Register Docket No. PHMSA-2009-0377
Document Number: E9-27526
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal pipeline safety laws allow a pipeline operator to request that PHMSA waive compliance with any part of the Federal pipeline safety regulations by granting a special permit to the operator. PHMSA is publishing this notice to indicate that we have received from the Kern River Gas Transmission Company (Kern River), a request for modification of an existing special permit, PHMSA-2007- 29078, granted to the company on November 8, 2008. Kern River seeks modification of Condition 35 of the special permit, which concerns the external coating on its gas pipeline. This notice seeks public comment on Kern River's request, including comments on any potential environmental impacts. At the conclusion of the comment period, PHMSA will evaluate Kern River's request to determine whether to modify the special permit or deny the request.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: E9-27352
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-16
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 applications 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. Requests for modification 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: E9-27351
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-16
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.
Pipeline Safety: Pipeline Damage Prevention Programs
Document Number: E9-26099
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-10-29
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) initiates a rulemaking procedure to establish criteria for determining adequate state enforcement of pipeline damage prevention laws. Under the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Safety, and Enforcement (PIPES) Act of 2006, establishment of these criteria is a prerequisite should PHMSA find it necessary to conduct an enforcement proceeding against an excavator for violation of one-call damage prevention laws in the absence of enforcement action by the state where the events occurred. This notice is issued to solicit feedback and comments regarding the criteria and procedures PHMSA should use to determine if a state's enforcement of its damage prevention laws is adequate. These procedures will encourage states to develop effective excavation damage prevention enforcement programs to protect gas and hazardous liquid pipelines, but also allow federal enforcement authority should any state fail to do so.
Hazardous Materials: Revision of Requirements for Emergency Response Telephone Numbers
Document Number: Z9-24799
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-22
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: E9-25279
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-22
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 applications 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. Requests for modification 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: E9-25277
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-22
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 Transportations 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: Harmonization With the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and Transport Canada's Transport of Dangerous Goods Regulations
Document Number: E9-25358
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-10-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture
PHMSA is considering amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) by incorporating various amendments to international standards and modal regulations, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, and packaging authorizations. These amendments may be necessary to harmonize the HMR with revised editions of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations and Manual of Tests and Criteria, the International Maritime Organization's Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air and Transport Canada's Transport of Dangerous Goods Regulations. In this notice, we are soliciting public comment regarding the safety consequences, regulatory burden, and cost implications of some of the more significant amendments adopted or under consideration for adoption in these international standards.
International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods; Public Meeting
Document Number: E9-24891
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-19
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 36th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) to be held November 30-December 9, 2009 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.
Hazardous Materials: Revision of Requirements for Emergency Response Telephone Numbers
Document Number: E9-24799
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-19
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In this final rule, PHMSA is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to clarify requirements governing emergency response information services provided by arrangement with hazardous materials offerors (shippers). In order to preserve the effectiveness of these arrangements for providing accurate and timely emergency response information, PHMSA is requiring basic identifying information (offeror name or contract number) to be included on shipping papers. This information will enable the emergency response information provider to identify the offeror on whose behalf it is accepting responsibility for providing emergency response information in the event of a hazardous materials incident and obtain additional information about the hazardous material as needed.
Hazardous Materials: Minor Editorial Corrections and Clarifications
Document Number: E9-24807
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-16
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. 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 and do not impose new requirements.
Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: E9-24838
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-15
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on an information collection under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control No. 2137-0584, titled ``Gas and Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Program Certifications.'' PHMSA will request approval from OMB for a revision of the current information collection. That revision relates to the use of on-line certification media containing questions which will improve PHMSA's ability to efficiently allocate grant monies to State programs, resulting in the creation of additional incentives for pipeline safety under the State's jurisdiction.
Hazardous Materials: Chemical Oxygen Generators
Document Number: E9-24779
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-15
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This direct final rule amends the Hazardous Materials Regulations to revise the quantity limitation from 25 kg ``gross'' to 25 kg ``net'' for packages of chemical oxygen generators transported aboard cargo aircraft only. The intended effect of this rule is to provide regulatory relief by raising the quantity threshold for shipments of chemical oxygen generators transported aboard cargo
Advisory Guidance; Transportation of Batteries and Battery-Powered Devices
Document Number: E9-24184
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-07
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are alerting shippers and carriers to the importance of transporting lithium batteries safely. PHMSA and FAA are concerned that many persons who ship lithium batteries do not recognize the hazards posed by these batteries during transportation. We are issuing this advisory guidance to (1) Inform persons of recent aviation incidents involving fires aboard both passenger and cargo aircraft and the potential hazards that shipments of lithium batteries may present while in transportation, (2) provide information concerning the current requirements for the transportation of lithium batteries and (3) inform persons of the
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: E9-23535
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-01
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: Weldable Compression Coupling Installation
Document Number: E9-23527
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-30
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) reminds pipeline owners and operators of the importance of installing weldable compression couplings in accordance with manufacturer procedures and following appropriate safety and start-up procedures. The failure to install weldable compression couplings correctly, or the failure to implement and follow appropriate safety and start-up procedures, could result in a catastrophic pipeline failure. PHMSA strongly urges operators to review, and incorporate where appropriate into operators' written procedures, the manufacturer's installation procedures and take any other necessary safety measures for safe and reliable operation of pipeline systems.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: E9-22890
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-25
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: E9-22889
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-25
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 applications 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. Requests for modification 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.
Maine Department of Environmental Protection Requirements on Transportation of Cathode Ray Tubes
Document Number: E9-21768
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-10
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Federal hazardous material transportation law does not preempt MDEP's regulations on classification of used cathode ray tubes (``CRTs'') as ``universal waste'' and broken CRTs and glass removed from CRTs (``CRT glass'') as a State ``hazardous waste'' and the marking, labeling, shipping documentation, and transporter requirements, because these requirements do not apply or pertain to materials regulated under Federal hazardous materials transportation law and the HMR or otherwise constitute an obstacle to accomplishing and carrying out Federal hazardous materials transportation law and the regulations issued under that law.
Hazardous Materials-Automated Cargo Communication for Efficient and Safe Shipments HM-ACCESS) Initiative; Public Meeting
Document Number: E9-21415
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-09-08
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is to advise interested persons that PHMSA will conduct a public meeting to receive input and guidance for the upcoming Proof-of-Concept Study on the use of electronic data sharing in lieu of paper hazardous materials shipping documents.
International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods; Public Meeting
Document Number: E9-20344
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-26
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 twenty-second meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) to be held October 5-16, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.
Notice of Approval: Lithium Battery Shipping Descriptions
Document Number: E9-20343
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-25
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is authorizing persons who offer lithium metal and lithium ion cells and batteries for transportation in commerce, and persons who transport lithium metal and lithium ion cells and batteries in commerce, to describe those articles in the same manner as recently adopted in international regulations. PHMSA will consider adopting these alternate shipping descriptions into the Hazardous Materials Regulations at a future date.
Information Collection
Document Number: E9-19499
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On September 4, 2008, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice in the Federal Register of its intent to revise the agency's standardized forms for reporting pipeline incidents and accidents. PHMSA later extended the time for responding to that notice until December 12, 2008, and received timely comments from several pipeline operators, five trade associations representing pipeline operators, the association representing State pipeline safety regulators, two State pipeline regulatory agencies, and one public interest group. PHMSA is publishing this notice to respond to comments, provide the public with an additional 30 days to comment on the proposed revisions to the incident and accident report forms, including the form instructions, and announce that the revised Information Collections will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: E9-19248
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-11
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: E9-19247
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-11
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 applications 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. Requests for modification 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.
Pipeline Safety: Periodic Updates of Regulatory References to Technical Standards and Miscellaneous Edits
Document Number: E9-17307
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-07-22
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is proposing to incorporate by reference (IBR) into the pipeline safety regulations all or parts of new editions of voluntary consensus standards to allow pipeline operators to use current technology, new materials, and other industry and management practices. In this document, PHMSA also proposes to make nonsubstantive edits and clarify regulatory language in certain provisions. These proposed amendments to the pipeline safety regulations would not require pipeline operators to undertake any significant new pipeline safety initiatives.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permits Applications
Document Number: E9-17074
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-07-20
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: Notice of Technical Pipeline Safety Advisory Committee Meetings
Document Number: E9-16965
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-07-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a public meeting of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) and of the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC).
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: E9-16514
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-07-15
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 applications 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. Requests for modification 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: E9-16517
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-07-14
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: Updates to Pipeline and Liquefied Natural Gas Reporting Requirements
Document Number: E9-15532
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-07-02
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks to revise the Pipeline Safety Regulations to improve the reliability and utility of data collections from operators of natural gas pipelines, hazardous liquid pipelines, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. These revisions will enhance PHMSA's ability to: understand, measure, and assess the performance of individual operators and industry as a whole; integrate pipeline safety data to allow a more thorough, rigorous, and comprehensive understanding and assessment of risk; and expand and simplify existing electronic reporting by operators. These revisions will improve both the data and the analyses PHMSA relies on to make critical, safety-related decisions, and will facilitate PHMSA's allocation of inspection and other resources based on a more accurate accounting of risk.
Pipeline Safety: Incorporation by Reference Update: American Petroleum Institute (API) Standards 5L and 1104
Document Number: E9-15045
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-06-26
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is confirming the effective date of April 14, 2009, for the direct final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on April 14, 2009. The direct final rule incorporated by reference the most recent editions of API Specification 5L, ``Specification for Line Pipe'' and API 1104, ``Welding of Pipelines and Related Facilities.''
Hazardous Materials Transportation; Miscellaneous Revisions to Registration and Fee Assessment Program
Document Number: E9-14569
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-06-22
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is withdrawing the notice of proposed rulemaking published under this docket on May 5, 2008 (73 FR 24519). Our revised estimates of unexpended balances from previous years and revenues expected to be generated at current registration fee levels indicate that an increase in registration fees is not necessary to fund the national Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants program at its authorized level of $28,318,000 for Fiscal Year 2009.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: E9-13932
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-06-15
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 applications 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. Requests for modification 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: E9-13426
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-06-10
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: Government/Industry Pipeline Research and Development Forum
Document Number: E9-13180
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-06-05
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA executes a collaborative, coordinated, competitive and co-funded research and development (R&D) program with the pipeline industry and other Federal and State regulators. PHMSA periodically holds a Pipeline R&D Forum to generate recommendations on the future
Hazardous Materials: Request for Comments on Issues or Problems Concerning International Atomic Energy Agency Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials
Document Number: E9-12778
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-06-02
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) are jointly seeking comments on issues or problems concerning requirements in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (referred to as TS-R-1). The IAEA is considering revisions to the TS-R-1 regulations as part of its periodic two-year review cycle for a 2013 Edition.