Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods: Model Regulations, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and the International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air
Document Number: 2011-33358
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-30
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document responds to administrative appeals, provides clarifications, and corrects typographical and other minor errors adopted in an international harmonization final rule published January 19, 2011 (HM-215K; 76 FR 3308). The final rule amended the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) by revising, removing or adding proper shipping names, the hazard class of a material, packing group assignments, special provisions, packaging authorizations, packaging sections, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. The amendments were necessary to align the HMR with recent revisions to international standards for the transport of hazardous materials by all modes.
Hazardous Materials: Miscellaneous Amendments; Response to Appeals; Corrections
Document Number: 2011-33193
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On July 20, 2011, PHMSA published a final rule under Docket Number PHMSA-2009-0151 (HM-218F) making miscellaneous amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171-180). The amendments made by PHMSA in the July 20, 2011 final rule promote safer transportation practices; eliminate unnecessary regulatory requirements; finalize outstanding petitions for rulemaking; facilitate international commerce; and simplify the regulations. This final rule corrects errors in the pictorial display of labels, eliminates references to transitional provisions that were previously removed from the HMR, clarifies shipping paper amendments, corrects an editorial error, and extends the effective date of certain shipping paper amendments adopted in the July 20, 2011 final rule.
Notice of Public Webinar on Implementation of Distribution Integrity Management Programs
Document Number: 2011-33165
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Distribution pipeline operators were required to have prepared and implemented distribution integrity management plans (DIMP) by August 2, 2011. Federal and state regulators have begun inspecting those plans and their implementation. This webinar will be the first opportunity for the regulators to share their findings broadly with the regulated community. The webinar will also include discussion of analyses of the initial submissions of data concerning mechanical fitting failures in distribution pipelines.
Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2011-33163
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
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, ``Gas Pipeline Safety Program Certification and Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Program Certification.'' PHMSA will request approval from OMB for a renewal of the current information collection with no revisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2011-33162
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
As part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process to seek feedback from the public on service delivery, the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will submit a Generic Information Collection Request (Generic ICR): ``Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: 2011-31700
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-13
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: Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order
Document Number: 2011-31054
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice publishes Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order 2011-001 (DOT Docket Number PHMSA-2011-0303), issued on November 17, 2011 to a number of entities, including Rainbow of Hope. This Emergency Order was issued by the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety pursuant to authority granted in 49 U.S.C. 5121(d) and 49 CFR 109.17(a), and is published in accordance with 49 CFR Sec. 109.19. Emergency Order 2011- 001 prohibits the filling, offering, and transportation of cylinders containing TyLar gas, and was issued in response to a pattern of explosions that constitute an imminent hazard under 49 CFR 109.1.
Drivers of CMVs: Restricting the Use of Cellular Phones
Document Number: 2011-30749
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
FMCSA and PHMSA are amending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to restrict the use of hand-held mobile telephones by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). This rulemaking will improve safety on the Nation's highways by reducing the prevalence of distracted driving-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving drivers of CMVs. The Agencies also amend their regulations to implement new driver disqualification sanctions for drivers of CMVs who fail to comply with this Federal restriction and new driver disqualification sanctions for commercial driver's license (CDL) holders who have multiple convictions for violating a State or local law or ordinance on motor vehicle traffic control that restricts the use of hand-held mobile telephones. Additionally, motor carriers are prohibited from requiring or allowing drivers of CMVs to use hand-held mobile telephones.
Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2011-30621
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Information Collection Requests (ICR) abstracted below will be forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comments. The ICRs describe the nature of the information collections and their expected burden. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on these collections of information was published in the Federal Register on September 14, 2011 [76 FR 56872] under Docket No. PHMSA-2011-0223 (Notice No. 11-9).
Pipeline Safety: Miscellaneous Changes to Pipeline Safety Regulations
Document Number: 2011-29852
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is proposing to make miscellaneous changes to the pipeline safety regulations. The proposed changes would correct errors, address inconsistencies, and respond to rulemaking petitions. The requirements in several subject matter areas would be affected, including the performance of post-construction inspections; leak surveys of Type B onshore gas gathering lines; the requirements for qualifying plastic pipe joiners; the regulation of ethanol; the transportation of pipe; the filing of offshore pipeline condition reports; the calculation of pressure reductions for hazardous liquid pipeline anomalies; and the odorization of gas transmission lateral lines. The proposed changes are addressed on an individual basis and, where appropriate, would be made applicable to the safety standards for both gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. Editorial changes are also included.
Pipeline Safety: Expanding the Use of Excess Flow Valves in Gas Distribution Systems to Applications Other Than Single-Family Residences
Document Number: 2011-30330
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-25
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has made a safety recommendation to PHMSA that excess flow valves be installed in all new and renewed gas service lines, regardless of a customer's classification, when the operating conditions are compatible with readily available valves. In response to that recommendation, PHMSA is seeking public comment on several issues relating to the expanded use of excess flow valves (EFVs) in gas distribution systems. PHMSA is also interested in seeking comment from gas distribution system operators on their experiences using EFVs, particularly from a cost-benefit perspective.
Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines
Document Number: 2011-29497
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On August 25, 2011, (76 FR 53086) PHMSA published in the Federal Register an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) titled: ``Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines'' seeking comments on the need for changes to the regulations covering gas transmission pipelines. PHMSA has received requests to extend the comment period in order to have more time to evaluate the ANPRM. PHMSA is extending the comment period from December 2, 2011, to January 20, 2012.
Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders
Document Number: 2011-29495
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
An undetermined number of high pressure DOT specification cylinders were improperly marked from approximately August 2007 to August 2011 and marked with a RIN of B377. Prior to filling these cylinders, a person must verify that the cylinder has been properly requalified by an authorized requalification company and properly marked.
Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: 2011-28984
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-15
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 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.
Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: 2011-28983
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-15
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.
New Jersey Regulations on Transportation of Regulated Medical Waste
Document Number: 2011-29155
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-10
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Interested parties are invited to comment on an application by the Healthcare Waste Institute (Institute) for an administrative determination as to whether Federal hazardous material transportation law preempts regulations of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) which apply to the transportation of regulated medical waste in commerce, including the packaging of regulated medical waste for transportation; marking and labeling of containers of regulated medical waste offered for transportation or transported; the description of regulated medical waste on documents accompanying shipments of regulated medical waste and the use and retention of such documents; and the marking of vehicles which transport regulated medical waste.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permits Applications
Document Number: 2011-28632
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-08
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
Document Number: 2011-28815
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-07
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 40th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) to be held November 28 to December 7, 2011, 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. Information Regarding the UNSCOE TDG Meeting:
Pipeline Safety: Emergency Responder Forum
Document Number: 2011-28791
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-07
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is co-sponsoring a one-day Emergency Responder Forum with the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives and the United States Fire Administration. The purpose of the forum is to convene a meeting of emergency response and management community leaders, pipeline safety regulators, pipeline industry representatives, and interested members of the public to solicit expert counsel that will inform the development of a strategy for improving emergency responders' ability to prepare for and respond to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline emergencies.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: 2011-27112
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-27
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. 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: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2011-27369
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On August 1, 2011, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA published a notice with request for comments in the Federal Register (76 FR 45904). The notice concerned several pipeline safety information collections that PHMSA will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal and one information collection that PHMSA intends to discontinue. PHMSA received no comments on the notice. PHMSA is now forwarding the information collection request to OMB and providing an additional 30 days for comments.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: 2011-27110
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-24
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.
Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permits Applications
Document Number: 2011-25915
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-12
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.
Clarification on the Division 1.1 Fireworks Approvals Policy
Document Number: 2011-24686
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-27
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In this document, PHMSA is seeking comment on its intent to clarify its fireworks approvals policy whereby the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS), Approvals and Permits Division will accept only those classification approval applications for Division 1.1 fireworks that have been examined and assigned a recommended shipping description, division and compatibility group by a DOT-approved explosives test laboratory, or that have been issued an approval for the explosive by the competent authority of a foreign government acknowledged by PHMSA's Associate Administrator. If the Associate Administrator finds the approval request meets the regulatory criteria, the new explosive will be approved in writing and assigned an EX number.
Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: 2011-24006
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-21
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 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: 2011-23819
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-19
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: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2011-23457
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-14
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on certain information collections pertaining to hazardous materials transportation for which PHMSA intends to request renewal from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Hazardous Materials: Minor Editorial Corrections and Clarifications
Document Number: 2011-23167
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-13
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.
Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permits Applications
Document Number: 2011-22942
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-13
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.
Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders
Document Number: 2011-22892
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-08
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA issues this safety advisory to notify the public of the unauthorized marking of certain of high- and low-pressure compressed gas cylinders, primarily fire extinguishers, by Atlas Fire Protection located at 7425 Sewells Point Road, Norfolk, VA.
Pipeline Safety: Issuance of Draft Decision on GexCon US, Inc. Petition for Approval of Flame Acceleration Simulator
Document Number: 2011-22348
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-01
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice advises owners and operators of liquefied natural gas facilities and other interested parties that the Administrator has issued a Draft Decision on GexCon US, Inc.'s petition for approval of Flame Acceleration Simulator (FLACS). The Draft Decision is available for public inspection at Docket No. PHMSA-2011-0101 at http:// www.regulations.gov.
Pipeline Safety: Potential for Damage to Pipeline Facilities Caused by the Passage of Hurricanes
Document Number: 2011-22343
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-01
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to remind owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines of the potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by the passage of Hurricanes.
Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit
Document Number: 2011-22342
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-01
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Pursuant to the Federal pipeline safety laws, PHMSA is publishing this notice to announce the availability of the draft environment assessment prepared in response to the request for a special permit we have received from El Paso Pipeline, seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal pipeline safety regulations. This notice also seeks public comments on any safety or environmental impacts relative to this request. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will evaluate the comments and determine whether to grant or deny a special permit.
Safety Notice: Transportation of DOT Special Permit Packages in Commerce
Document Number: 2011-22110
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In this safety notice, PHMSA is alerting the regulated community to the importance of adhering to Federal requirements when offering and transporting hazardous materials in DOT Special Permit (SP) packages. PHMSA is concerned that many persons who offer or transport SP packages fail to recognize the additional requirements applicable to filling, offering, and moving SP packages. By issuing this safety notice, PHMSA is attempting to raise awareness within the hazardous materials community of the inherent characteristics of DOT SPs and underscore the possible consequences of failing to recognize an SP package and react accordingly.
Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines
Document Number: 2011-21753
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-25
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is considering whether changes are needed to the regulations governing the safety of gas transmission pipelines. In particular, PHMSA is considering whether integrity management (IM) requirements should be changed, including adding more prescriptive language in some areas, and whether other issues related to system integrity should be addressed by strengthening or expanding non-IM requirements. Among the specific issues PHMSA is considering concerning IM requirements is whether the definition of a high-consequence area (HCA) should be revised, and whether additional restrictions should be placed on the use of specific pipeline assessment methods. With respect to non-IM requirements, PHMSA is considering whether revised requirements are needed on new construction or existing pipelines concerning mainline valves, including valve spacing and installation of remotely operated or automatically operated valves; whether requirements for corrosion control of steel pipelines should be strengthened; and whether new regulations are needed to govern the safety of gathering lines and underground gas storage facilities. Additional issues PHMSA is considering are addressed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION Section under background.
Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: 2011-20617
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-19
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: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: 2011-20616
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-19
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 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: Incorporating Rail Special Permits Into the Hazardous Materials Regulations
Document Number: 2011-20863
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-18
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 general applicability and established safety records. Special permits allow a company or individual to package or ship a hazardous material in a manner that varies from the regulations provided that an equivalent level of safety is maintained. The revisions in this proposed rule 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. This rulemaking also proposes to respond to two petitions for rulemaking, P-1497 concerning the use of electronic shipping papers, and P-1567 concerning the removal of the Association of American Railroad's (AAR's) AAR-600 portable tank program for previously adopted standards that meet or exceed the AAR-600 requirements.
Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2011-20657
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-15
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA published a notice with request for comments in the Federal Register on June 9, 2011 (76 FR 33808) on an information collection under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control No. 2137-0622, titled ``Pipeline Safety: Public Awareness Program'' and received no comments. PHMSA is now forwarding the information collection request to the OMB and providing an additional 30 days for comments.
Hazardous Materials Regulations; Compatibility With the Regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency
Document Number: 2011-19872
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-12
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA, in coordination with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), is proposing to amend requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) governing the transportation of Class 7 (radioactive) materials based on recent changes contained in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) publication ``Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, 2009 Edition, IAEA Safety Standards Series No. TS-R-1'' (hereafter referred to as TS-R-1). The purposes of this rulemaking are to harmonize requirements of the HMR with international standards for the transportation of Class 7 (radioactive) materials and update, clarify, correct, or provide relief from certain regulatory requirements applicable to the transportation of Class 7 (radioactive) materials.
Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2011-19383
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-01
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on certain information collections pertaining to pipeline safety for which PHMSA intends to request renewal from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: 2011-18837
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-28
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: Potential for Damage to Pipeline Facilities Caused by Flooding
Document Number: 2011-19029
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-27
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to all owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines to communicate the potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by severe flooding. This advisory includes actions that operators should consider taking to ensure the integrity of pipelines in case of flooding.
Hazardous Materials Transportation: Revisions of Special Permits Procedures; Response to Appeals; Corrections
Document Number: 2011-18664
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-26
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On January 5, 2011, PHMSA published a final rule under Docket Number PHMSA-2009-0410 (HM-233B) that amended the Hazardous Materials Regulations to revise the application procedures for special permits. Specifically, the revisions required an applicant to provide additional information about its operation to enable the agency to better evaluate the applicant's ability to demonstrate an equivalent level of safety and the safety impact of operations that would be authorized in the special permit. In response to appeals submitted by entities affected by the January 5 final rule, this final rule amends requirements and provides additional clarification to the January 5 final rule.
Pipeline Safety: Applying Safety Regulations to All Rural Onshore Hazardous Liquid Low-Stress Lines, Correction
Document Number: 2011-18322
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on May 5, 2011 (76 FR 25576). That final rule amended the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations to address rural low-stress hazardous liquid pipelines that were not covered previously by safety regulations. This document corrects an error in the final rule regarding the compliance date for identifying all segments of a Category 3 low-stress pipeline.
Pipeline Safety: Meetings of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee and the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee
Document Number: 2011-18319
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In a Federal Register notice published on May 20, 2011, (76 FR 29333) PHMSA announced that the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) and the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC) would meet on August 2-3, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meeting dates have been changed. The TPSSC and the THLPSSC will now meet on August 2, 2011, only, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at The Weston Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203. Please refer to the May 20, 2011, (76 FR 29333) notice for more details about the meeting. The TPSSC and THLPSSC will consider a draft pipeline safety report to the nation. The meeting will be open to the public.
Hazardous Materials; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2011-17687
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-20
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to make miscellaneous amendments to update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. These amendments are intended to: promote safer transportation practices; eliminate unnecessary regulatory requirements; finalize outstanding petitions for rulemaking; facilitate international commerce; and simplify the regulations. PHMSA anticipates that the amendments contained in this rule will generate economic benefits to the regulated community.
Pipeline Safety: Issuance of Draft Decision on Det Norske Veritas (USA), Inc.'s Petition for Approval of the Process Hazard Analysis Software Tool-Unified Dispersion Model
Document Number: 2011-18036
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-18
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice advises owners and operators of liquefied natural gas facilities and other interested parties that the Administrator has issued a Draft Decision on Det Norske Veritas (DNV) (USA), Inc.'s petition for approval of the Process Hazard Analysis Software Tool Unified Dispersion Model (PHAST-UDM). The Draft Decision is available for public inspection at Docket No. PHMSA-2011-0075 at http:// www.regulations.gov. Any comments received by August 11, 2011, will be considered before a Final Decision is issued. Late comments will be considered to the extent practicable.
Pipeline Safety; Enforcement Proceedings Involving an Informal Hearing
Document Number: 2011-17231
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-12
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is issuing this document to notify operators of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities of the creation of a dedicated ``Presiding Official'' for informal pipeline enforcement hearings and the process operators can expect when requesting an informal hearing. Hearings in pipeline safety enforcement cases are conducted by a hearing officer in accordance with certain procedures designed to ensure a fair and impartial decision on the merits. This document explains those procedures and includes a description of the dedicated hearing officer's roles and responsibilities, the process for requesting a hearing, and the manner in which a case will proceed once a hearing has been requested.
Clarification of the Fireworks Approvals Policy
Document Number: 2011-15969
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-29
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In this document, PHMSA is responding to comments received from its initial Notice No. 10-9 clarifying PHMSA's policy regarding the fireworks approvals program. Furthermore, in this document PHMSA is restating our policy clarification in that we will issue firework classification approvals only to fireworks manufacturers, and accept firework classification applications only from fireworks manufacturers or their designated agents. This policy clarification is intended to enhance safety by ensuring accountability of the manufacture of the device, and reducing the number of duplicate applications and approvals being issued for identical fireworks devices.