Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2013-31162
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-30
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 October 25, 2013 [78 FR 64049] under Docket No. PHMSA-2013-0002 (Notice No. 13-14).
Hazardous Materials: Adoption of ASME Code Section XII and the National Board Inspection Code
Document Number: 2013-31046
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-30
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to the design, construction, certification, recertification and maintenance of cargo tank motor vehicles, cryogenic portable tanks and multi-unit tank car tanks (ton tanks) in response to petitions for rulemaking from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (National Board), and the Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association (PVMA). Specifically, this NPRM proposes to allow the use of the 2013 edition of the ASME's Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section XII (Section XII) for the design, construction, and certification of cargo tank motor vehicles, cryogenic portable tanks and ton tanks. PHMSA also proposes to authorize the use of the 2013 edition of the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors' National Board Inspection Code (NBIC), as it applies to the continuing qualification and maintenance of ASME constructed cargo tank motor vehicles, cryogenic portable tanks, and ton tanks constructed to standards in ASME's Section XII, and existing cargo tank motor vehicles and portable tanks constructed to Section VIII, Division 1. If adopted, these amendments will allow for regulatory flexibility, without compromising safety.
Research and Development; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-30789
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is to advise interested persons that PHMSA will conduct a public meeting for the Research and Development Forum to be held January 17, 2014, in Washington, DC. During this meeting, PHMSA will host the session to present the results of recently completed and current research projects. In addition, PHMSA will solicit comments relative to potential new research projects which may be considered for inclusion in its future work.
Research and Development; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-30707
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is to advise interested persons that PHMSA will conduct a public meeting for the Research and Development Forum to be held January 17, 2014, in Washington, DC. During this meeting, PHMSA will host the session to present the results of recently completed and current research projects. In addition, PHMSA will solicit comments relative to potential new research projects which may be considered for inclusion in its future work.
New Jersey Regulations on Transportation of Regulated Medical Waste
Document Number: 2013-29604
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-12
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Federal hazardous material transportation law preempts the following requirements in the New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) because the requirements are not substantively the same as the requirements in the HMR: 1. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.10(a) that generators must separate into different containers before transport sharps, fluids (greater than 20 cc), and other regulated medical waste; 2. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.11(d) which allows a generator to ship oversized medical waste without placing it in a packaging as required by the HMR; 3. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.14 that the words ``Medical Waste'' or ``Infectious Waste'' must be labeled on the outside of the package when there is untreated regulated medical waste; 4. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A:15 that each ``generator shall mark each individual container of regulated medical waste in accordance with all applicable Federal regulations. . . . ,'' and that the markings must include details of the transporter's name, the date of shipment, the intermediate handler's name, and other specific information; 5. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.19 and those provisions in 7:26-3A.31 which require the use of a specific ``tracking form'' to accompany shipments of regulated medical waste that are prescribed for either the generator or the transporter; 6. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.28 that, when transferring between transporters, each transporter must place a water resistant tag below the generator's marking on the outer surface of the container with the transporter's name, solid waste registration number, and date of receipt; and 7. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.30 which requires that a vehicle used to transport regulated medical waste must have: 1) the name of the transporter; 2) the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) solid waste transporter registration number; and 3) either the words ``Medical Waste'' or ``Infectious Waste'' on two sides and the back of the cargo-carrying body. 8. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.45, to the extent that it requires rail transporters to comply with the transporter requirements of 7:26-3A.28 and 7:26-3A.30. 9. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.46 which requires a specific tracking form to accompany shipments of regulated medical waste for rail transporters. Federal hazardous material transportation law does not preempt the following requirements because they do not create an obstacle in complying with the HMR. 1. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.21(a)(1) to the extent that it requires the generator to retain a copy of the shipping paper for at least three years from the date the regulated medical waste was accepted by the transporter; 2. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.21(a)(2) to the extent that it requires the generator to retain a copy of any exception report for at least three years after the day the exception report was submitted; 3. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.22 to the extent that it requires the generator of regulated medical waste to file an exception report with the state when a transporter and/or destination facility notifies the generator of any discrepancy between the shipment as accepted by the initial transporter and delivered to the destination facility; 4. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.32 to the extent that it requires the transporter to deliver the entire quantity of regulated medical waste to the proper party listed on the tracking form; 5. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.33 to the extent that does not require a particular form to be used to consolidate the multiple shipments; 6. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.34 to the extent that it requires that the transporter of regulated medical waste to retain a copy of the shipping paper for at least three years from the date the regulated medical waste was accepted by the next party; and 7. N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A.41 to the extent that it requires intermediate handlers and destination facilities to certify that they had received the listed regulated medical waste.
Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2013-29015
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-04
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 pertaining to Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grants. PHMSA will request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a revision to the current information collection. The revision implements a statutory requirement in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Public Law No. 112- 141, July 6, 2012) (MAP-21) to submit an annual report to Congress that identifies the ultimate recipients of HMEP grants and contains a detailed accounting and description of each grant expenditure by each grant recipient, including the amount of, and purpose for, each expenditure. This notice describes and seeks comment on the request for information PHMSA seeks to collect in order to comply with MAP-21.
Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities, Revisions to Incident and Annual Reports for Gas Pipeline Operators
Document Number: 2013-28450
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-27
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On June 27, 2013, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA published a notice in the Federal Register of its intent to revise six forms under OMB Control Number 2137-0522. These forms include: PHMSA F 7100.1 Incident ReportGas Distribution System; PHMSA F 7100.1-2 Mechanical Fitting Failure Report Form for Calendar Year 20xx for Distribution Operators; PHMSA F 7100.2 Incident Report Natural and Other Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Systems; PHMSA F 7100.2-1 Annual Report for Calendar Year 20xx Natural and Other Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Systems; PHMSA F 7100.3 Incident ReportLiquefied Natural Gas Facilities; and PHMSA F 7100.3-1 Annual Report for Calendar Year 20xx Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities. In response to that notice, PHMSA received comments from three organizations on the proposed revisions. PHMSA is publishing this notice to respond to the comments, to provide the public with an additional 30 days to comment on the proposed revisions to the forms and instructions, and to announce that this revised Information Collection request will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval.
Pipeline Safety: Random Drug Testing Rate; Contractor Management Information System Reporting; and Obtaining Drug and Alcohol Management Information System Sign-In Information
Document Number: 2013-28384
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-27
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA has determined that the minimum random drug testing rate for covered employees will remain at 25 percent during calendar year 2014. Operators are reminded that drug and alcohol testing information must be submitted for contractors performing or ready to perform covered functions. For calendar year 2013 reporting, PHMSA will not mail the ``user name'' and ``password'' for the Drug and Alcohol Management Information System (DAMIS) to operators, but will make the user name and password available in the PHMSA Portal (https:// portal.phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline).
Pipeline Safety: Meeting of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee and the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-28249
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-26
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a public meeting of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) also known as the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, and the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC) also known as the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee. The committees will meet in a joint session to consider a proposed rule to incorporate by reference two new standards (one partially) and 21 updated editions of currently referenced standards in 49 CFR Parts 192, 193, and 195.
Paperless Hazard Communications Pilot Program
Document Number: 2013-28168
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-25
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invited comments on an information collection under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control No. 2137-0034 entitled, ``Hazardous Materials Shipping Papers and Emergency Response Information,'' pertaining to the Paperless Hazard Communications Pilot Program. In the precursor 60-Day Notice (Docket No. PHMSA-2013-0124, Notice No. 13-7, Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 139, FR Doc. 2013-17363, filed July 18, 2013), PHMSA invited volunteers from organizations representing fire and other emergency responders, law enforcement, and other regulated entities (i.e., shippers and carriers who transport hazardous materials (HM) by air, highway, rail, and water) to participate in a pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of paperless hazard communications systems and to comment on and participate in an information collection activity associated with the pilot program. This 30-Day Notice acknowledges comments received regarding the 60-Day Notice (Docket No. PHMSA-2013-0124, Notice No. 13-7, Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 139, FR Doc. 2013-17363, filed July 18, 2013) and provides details on the four information collection efforts to be conducted under the pilot program.
Safety and Security Plans for Class 3 Hazardous Materials Transported by Rail
Document Number: 2013-27785
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
PHMSA and FRA are issuing this safety advisory as a follow-up to the agencies' joint safety advisory published on August 7, 2013 and FRA's Emergency Order No. 28 published that same day, both of which relate to the July 6, 2013, catastrophic accident in Lac- M[eacute]gantic, Quebec. In this safety advisory, PHMSA and FRA are reinforcing the importance of proper characterization, classification, and selection of a packing group for Class 3 materials, and the corresponding requirements in the Federal hazardous materials regulations for safety and security planning. In addition, we are reinforcing that we expect offerors by rail and rail carriers to revise their safety and security plans required by the Federal hazardous materials regulations, including the required risk assessments, to address the safety and security issues identified in FRA's Emergency Order No. 28 and the August 7, 2013, joint Safety Advisory.
International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods
Document Number: 2013-27235
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-14
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is to advise interested persons that PHMSA and OSHA will conduct a joint public meeting in preparation for United Nations meetings being held in Geneva, Switzerland. PHMSA is hosting the morning portion of the meeting to discuss proposals in preparation for the 44th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) to be held November 25 to December 4, 2013, in Geneva. During this meeting, PHMSA is also soliciting comments relative to potential new work items which may be considered for inclusion in its international agenda. OSHA is hosting the afternoon portion of the meeting to discuss proposals in preparation for the 26th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS) to be held December 4 to 6, 2013, in Geneva. OSHA, along with the U.S. Interagency GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals) Coordinating Group, plans to consider the comments and information gathered at this public meeting when developing the U.S. Government positions for the UNSCEGHS meeting.
Hazardous Materials: Rail Petitions and Recommendations To Improve the Safety of Railroad Tank Car Transportation (RRR)
Document Number: 2013-26402
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-05
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is notifying the public of our intent to extend the comment period by 30 days for a notice of proposed rulemaking published on September 6, 2013.
Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: 2013-26121
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-04
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: Request for Special Permit
Document Number: 2013-25838
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-31
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Pursuant to the Federal pipeline safety laws, PHMSA is publishing this notice of a special permit request received from a pipeline operator seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal pipeline safety regulations. This notice seeks public comments on this request, including comments on any safety or environmental impacts. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will evaluate the request and determine whether to grant or deny a special permit.
Pipeline Safety: Reminder of Requirements for Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Utility Liquefied Petroleum Gas Pipeline Systems
Document Number: 2013-25837
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-31
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA published an Advisory Bulletin in the Federal Register on July 18, 2013, (78 FR 42889) reminding owners and operators of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and utility liquefied petroleum gas (Utility LP-Gas) plants of their obligation to follow certain sections of Part 192 in addition to the American National Standards Institute/ National Fire Protection Association (ANSI/NFPA) standards 58 or 59. This document supersedes the July 18, 2013, Advisory Bulletin by correcting a typographical error in the sixth bullet and removing the exemption for small utility LP gas systems from Subpart N (Qualification of Pipeline Personnel) from the bulleted list.
Hazardous Materials: Corrections and Response to Administrative Appeals (HM-215K, HM-215L, HM-218G and HM-219).
Document Number: 2013-24714
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-31
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule corrects editorial errors and amends certain requirements in response to administrative appeals submitted by persons affected by certain final rules published in the Federal Register.
Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2013-25105
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-25
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).
Clarification on Fireworks Policy Regarding Approvals or Certifications for Specialty Fireworks Devices
Document Number: 2013-24092
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-02
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document clarifies PHMSA's policy regarding applications for specialty fireworks devices. Specialty fireworks devices are fireworks devices in various shapes that produce multiple effects, simultaneously. In this document, we are establishing our policy regarding specialty fireworks devices.
Clarification on Fireworks Policy Regarding Approvals or Certifications for Firework Series
Document Number: 2013-24082
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-02
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice clarifies PHMSA's policy regarding applications for firework device series. PHMSA has required separate applications for each individual firework device. Often one firework device has identical hazardous properties to another firework device that is intended to produce a similar result in a firework display. These similar firework devices are considered part of a series of firework devices. In this document, we are clarifying our policy to accept certain fireworks series applications.
Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Enforcement Procedures-Resumption of Transportation
Document Number: 2013-23894
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-02
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is addressing certain matters identified in the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2012 related to the Department's enhanced inspection, investigation, and enforcement authority. Specifically, PHMSA is amending the package opening provision to include procedures for an agent of the Secretary of Transportation to open packages of perishable hazardous materials and to provide notification to the responsible party that an agent has exercised a safety inspection or investigation authority. In addition, we are establishing equipment requirements for agents. The Department's enhanced inspection, investigation, and enforcement procedures were previously established through notice and comment rulemaking and thoroughly address the hazardous material transportation matters identified by Congress. This final rule is required to codify changes to Federal hazardous materials transportation law and to ensure transparency and consistency for hazardous materials inspectors across all modes of transportation. As it affects only agency enforcement procedures, there are no additional compliance costs to industry associated with this final rule.
Hazardous Materials Regulations: Penalty Guidelines
Document Number: 2013-23887
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-02
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is publishing this revised statement of policy to update baseline assessments for frequently-cited violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and to clarify additional factors that affect penalty amounts. This revised statement of policy is intended to provide the regulated community and the general public with information on the hazardous materials penalty assessment process.
Hazardous Materials: Minor Editorial Corrections and Clarifications (RRR)
Document Number: 2013-23873
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-02
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 and do not impose new requirements.
Pipeline Safety: Class Location Requirements
Document Number: 2013-23798
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-09-30
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On August 1, 2013, PHMSA published a notice of inquiry in the Federal Register on ``Class Location Requirements,'' seeking comments on whether integrity management program (IMP) requirements, or elements of IMP, should be expanded beyond high consequence areas (HCA) and, with respect to gas transmission pipeline facilities, whether applying IMP requirements to additional areas would mitigate the need for class location requirements. PHMSA has received two requests to extend the comment period to allow stakeholders more time to evaluate the notice of inquiry. PHMSA concurs with this request and is extending the comment period from September 30, 2013, to November 1, 2013.
Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: 2013-23461
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-26
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: 2013-23460
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-26
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.
Special Permit Applications
Document Number: 2013-23459
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-26
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 of the actions on special permits applications in (August to August 2013). The mode of transportation involved are identified 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. Application numbers prefixed by the letters EE represent applications for Emergency Special Permits. It should be noted that some of the sections cited were those in effect at the time certain special permits were issued.
Delayed Applications
Document Number: 2013-23458
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-26
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.
Highway-Rail Grade Crossing; Safe Clearance
Document Number: 2013-23375
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-09-25
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
FMCSA and PHMSA amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs), respectively, to prohibit a driver of a commercial motor vehicle or of a motor vehicle transporting certain hazardous materials or certain agents or toxins (hereafter collectively referenced as ``regulated motor vehicle'') from entering onto a highway-rail grade crossing unless there is sufficient space to drive completely through the grade crossing without stopping. This action is in response to section 112 of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Authorization Act of 1994, as amended by section 32509 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The intent of this rulemaking is to reduce highway-rail grade crossing crashes.
Pipeline Safety: Administrative Procedures; Updates and Technical Corrections
Document Number: 2013-23047
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-09-25
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is amending the pipeline safety regulations to update the administrative civil penalty maximums for violation of the safety standards to reflect current law, to update the informal hearing and adjudication process for pipeline enforcement matters to reflect current law, and to make other technical corrections and updates to certain administrative procedures. The amendments do not impose any new operating, maintenance, or other substantive requirements on pipeline owners or operators.
Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders
Document Number: 2013-23104
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is issuing this safety advisory to notify the public of the unauthorized marking of high pressure compressed gas cylinders by Beauchesne Fire Equipment located at 21 Freeman St. Attleboro Falls, MA.
Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Filling of Compressed Gas Cylinders
Document Number: 2013-23080
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This is to notify the public that PHMSA has confirmed that Komer Carbonic Corp., 12120 Cloverdale Street, Detroit, MI 48021, improperly filled and offered for transportation high pressure compressed gas cylinders (DOT Specification 3A, 3AA and 3AL) without verifying that they met the appropriate safety requirements for continued use. The US DOT PHMSA was alerted on July 5, 2013 and verified on July 9, 2013 that Komer Carbonic Corp. filled and transported compressed gas cylinders without verifying their suitability for continued service. Komer Carbonic Corp. fills and offers cylinders containing Carbon dioxide, for restaurants and other establishments.
Hazardous Materials: Failure To Pay Civil Penalties
Document Number: 2013-22952
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-09-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA proposes to amend the hazardous materials procedural found under our regulations. Specifically, this proposed action would prohibit a person who fails to pay a civil penalty as ordered, or fails to abide by a payment agreement, from performing activities regulated by the Hazardous Materials Regulations until payment is made.
Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2013-22622
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-18
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
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 is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on June 14, 2013, (78 FR 36016). PHMSA received one comment in response to that notice. PHMSA is publishing this notice to respond to the comment, provide the public with an additional 30 days to comment, and announce that the revised Information Collection will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval.
Pipeline Safety: Public Workshop on Integrity Verification Process, Comment Extension
Document Number: 2013-22161
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-12
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On May 28, 2013, PHMSA published in the Federal Register a notice announcing a public workshop on ``Integrity Verification Process'' which took place on August 7, 2013. The notice also sought comments on the proposed ``Integrity Verification Process.'' In response to the comments received, PHMSA has made some revisions to the proposed ``Integrity Verification Process'' flowchart. PHMSA is using this notice to announce the revised ``Integrity Verification Process'' flowchart and extend the comment period from September 9, 2013, to October 7, 2013.
Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2013-22049
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-11
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request abstracted below is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comments. A Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on April 23, 2013, (78 FR 23972). PHMSA received one comment in response to that notice. PHMSA is publishing this notice to respond to the comment, provide the public with an additional 30 days to comment on the proposed revisions to the forms and the instructions, and announce that the revised information collection will be submitted to OMB for approval.
Hazardous Materials: Rail Petitions and Recommendations To Improve the Safety of Railroad Tank Car Transportation (RRR)
Document Number: 2013-21621
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-09-06
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is considering revisions to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to improve the regulations applicable to the transportation of hazardous materials by rail. The revisions are based on eight petitions received from the regulated community and four National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Recommendations which are referenced by a petition. In this ANPRM, we outline the petitions and NTSB recommendations, identify a preliminary estimate of costs and benefits from the petitions, pose several questions, and solicit comments and data from the public. Under Executive Order 13563, Federal agencies were asked to periodically review existing regulations. The questions posed in this ANPRM and responses by commenters will be used in conjunction with a retrospective review of existing requirements aimed to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal existing rules that are outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome.
Pipeline Safety: Notice to Operators of Hazardous Liquid and Natural Gas Pipelines of a Recall on Leak Repair Clamps Due to Defective Seal
Document Number: 2013-20910
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is issuing an Advisory Bulletin to alert all pipeline operators of a T.D. Williamson, Inc. (TDW) Leak Repair Clamp (LRC) recall issued by TDW on June 17, 2013. The recall covers all TDW LRCs of any pressure class and any size. The LRCs may develop a dangerous leak due to a defective seal. Hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline operators should verify if they have any TDW LRCs subject to the recall by reviewing their records and equipment for installation of these LRCs. Operators with TDW LRCs should discontinue use immediately and contact TDW for further recall instructions. Operators can obtain recall information through TDW's Web site at http://lrc.tdwilliamson.com/ or by calling TDW at 888-770-7085.
Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit
Document Number: 2013-20641
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-26
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Pursuant to the Federal pipeline safety laws, PHMSA is publishing this notice of a special permit request we have received from a pipeline operator, seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal pipeline safety regulations. This notice seeks public comments on this request, including comments on any safety or environmental impacts. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will evaluate the request and determine whether to grant or deny a special permit.
Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit
Document Number: 2013-20640
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-26
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Pursuant to the Federal pipeline safety laws, PHMSA is publishing this notice of a special permit request we have received from a pipeline operator, seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal pipeline safety regulations. This notice seeks public comments on this request, including comments on any safety or environmental impacts. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will evaluate the request and determine whether to grant or deny a special permit.
Notice of Applications for Special Permits
Document Number: 2013-20268
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-21
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.
Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permits
Document Number: 2013-20267
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-21
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 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 Actions on Special Permit Applications
Document Number: 2013-20266
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
List of Applications Delayed
Document Number: 2013-20265
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-21
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: Periodic Updates of Regulatory References to Technical Standards and Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2013-19348
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is proposing to amend the pipeline safety regulations to incorporate by reference (IBR) all or parts of new, updated, or reaffirmed editions of voluntary consensus standards that are available on the Internet, free-of-charge, to the public. PHMSA is also proposing to make non-substantive edits and to clarify regulatory language in certain provisions. These proposed changes are relatively minor, and would not require pipeline operators to undertake any significant new pipeline safety initiatives.
Lac-Mégantic Railroad Accident Discussion and DOT Safety Recommendations
Document Number: 2013-19211
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
A recent catastrophic railroad accident occurred in Canada when an unattended freight train containing hazardous materials rolled down a descending grade and subsequently derailed. It is currently estimated that this accident resulted in 42 fatalities, and 5 persons are still reported to be missing. In response, FRA issued Emergency Order No. 28 regarding the securement of trains, and FRA and PHMSA (collectively, DOT) are also issuing this safety advisory. This safety advisory discusses the circumstances surrounding the accident and makes certain safety-related recommendations to railroads operating in the United States. This safety advisory also provides notice of FRA's intent to schedule an emergency meeting of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee to discuss this accident and potential regulatory actions to prevent similar future accidents from occurring.
Pipeline Safety: Class Location Requirements
Document Number: 2013-18286
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-01
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is seeking public comment on whether applying the integrity management program (IMP) requirements, or elements of IMP, to areas beyond current high consequence areas (HCAs) would mitigate the need for class location requirements for gas transmission pipelines. Section 5 of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 requires the Secretary of Transportation to evaluate and issue a report on whether IMP requirements should be expanded beyond HCAs and whether such expansion would mitigate the need for class location requirements.
Transportation of Hazardous Liquids by Pipeline
Document Number: 2013-18546
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-31
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Hazardous Materials: Approval and Communication Requirements for the Safe Transportation of Air Bag Inflators, Air Bag Modules, and Seat-Belt Pretensioners (RRR)
Document Number: 2013-18263
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-30
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to air bag inflators, air bag modules, and seat-belt pretensioners. The revisions incorporate the provisions of two special permits into the regulations. In addition, PHMSA is amending the current approval and documentation requirements for a material classified as a UN3268 air bag inflator, air bag module, or seat-belt pretensioner. These revisions are intended to reduce the regulatory burden on the automotive industry and facilitate commerce, while continuing to maintain an equivalent level of safety.