Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration January 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Hazardous Materials: Adoption of Special Permits (MAP-21) (RRR)
Document Number: 2016-00780
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-01-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
As required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to adopt provisions contained in certain widely-used or long-standing special permits that have an established safety record. The adopted amendments are intended to provide wider access to the regulatory flexibility offered in special permits and eliminate the need for numerous renewal requests. The adopted amendments will also reduce paperwork burdens and facilitate commerce while maintaining an appropriate level of safety. PHMSA conducted an extensive analysis of all active special permits and codified, as appropriate, those special permits deemed suitable in this rulemaking.
Pipeline Safety: Potential for Damage to Pipeline Facilities Caused by Flooding, River Scour, and River Channel Migration
Document Number: 2016-00765
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-19
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to remind all owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines of the potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by severe flooding and actions that operators should consider taking to ensure the integrity of pipelines in the event of flooding, river scour, and river channel migration.
Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2016-00626
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-15
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On October 5, 2015, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA published a notice in the Federal Register (80 FR 60242) inviting comments on information collections titled ``Pipeline Integrity Management in High Consequence Areas Gas Transmission Pipeline Operators; Control Room Management/Human Factors; Integrity Management Program for Gas Distribution Pipelines, and Response Plans for Onshore Oil Pipelines,'' identified by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control numbers 2137-0610, 2137-0624, 2137- 0625, and 2137-0589. These information collections will expire on March 31, 2016. PHMSA will request an extension with no change for the information collections 2137-0610, 0624, and 0625. PHMSA will request a renewal with revisions to the information collection 2137-0589 to revise the number of respondents PHMSA expected to comply with this information collection. During the 60-day comment period, PHMSA received no comments in response to these collections. PHMSA is publishing this notice to provide the public with an additional 30 days to comment on the renewal of these information collections and announce that these information collections will be submitted to OMB for approval.
Pipeline Safety: Notice of Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2016-135
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-01-08
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces a public meeting of the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC). The committee will meet to consider and vote on the proposed rule, ``Pipeline Safety: Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines,'' and the associated regulatory assessment.