Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Hazardous Materials: Notice of Applications for Special Permits
Document Number: 2017-11343
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-16
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, notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1 Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Pipeline Safety: Meeting of the Voluntary Information-Sharing System Working Group
Document Number: 2017-12517
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-15
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a public meeting of the recently created Voluntary Information-Sharing System (VIS) Working Group. The VIS Working Group will convene to continue the discussion on the need for, and the identification of, a voluntary information-sharing system.
Pipeline Safety: Meeting of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-10621
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-23
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a public meeting of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, also known as the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC). The GPAC will meet to continue discussing topics and provisions for the proposed rule titled ``Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines.''
Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit
Document Number: 2017-09050
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-05
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Pursuant to the Federal pipeline safety laws, PHMSA is publishing this notice of three special permit requests for Class Location 1 to Class Location 3 changes that PHMSA received from three natural gas pipeline operators, seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations. This notice seeks public comments on the requests, including comments on any safety or environmental impacts that would result from the granting of these permits. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will evaluate the requests and determine whether to grant or deny a special permit.
Pipeline Safety: Inflation Adjustment of Maximum Civil Penalties
Document Number: 2017-08530
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-04-27
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is revising references in its regulations to the maximum civil penalties for violations of Federal pipeline safety laws, or any PHMSA regulations or orders issued thereunder. Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which further amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, Federal agencies are required to adjust their civil monetary penalties effective January 15, 2017, and annually thereafter, to account for changes in inflation. PHMSA finds good cause to amend the regulations related to civil penalties without notice or opportunity for public comment. Advance public notice is unnecessary for the reasons described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
Hazardous Materials: Use of DOT Specification 39 Cylinders for Liquefied Flammable Compressed Gas
Document Number: 2017-05614
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is issuing this revised safety advisory notice to address concerns of offerors and users of DOT Specification 39 (DOT-39) cylinders that exceed 75 cubic inches (in\3\) (1.23 L) and to provide clarification of the initial safety advisory notice we issued on this subject on December 13, 2016 (Notice No. 2016-14). DOT-39 cylinders exceeding 75 in\3\ (1.23 L) should not contain liquefied flammable compressed cyclopropane, ethane, or ethylene, or liquefied petroleum gases. PHMSA advises against the filling or transporting of these gases in DOT-39 cylinders when the cylinder's internal volume exceeds 75 in\3\ (1.23 L).
Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2017-08045
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on 11 information collections pertaining to hazardous materials transportation for which PHMSA intends to request renewal from the Office of Management and Budget.
Hazardous Materials: Revision of Maximum and Minimum Civil Penalties
Document Number: 2017-07908
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-04-19
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is revising 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 Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, required Agencies to update their civil monetary penalties in August 2016 through an interim final rulemaking. PHMSA has elected to do the 2017 update in a final rulemaking. Per this final rule, the maximum civil penalty for a knowing violation is now $78,376, except for violations that result in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property, for which the maximum civil penalty is $182,877. In addition, the minimum civil penalty amount for a violation relating to training is now $471.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Virtual Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-07577
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
In preparation for the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) meeting to be held April 24-April 28, 2017, in Montreal, Canada, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety announce a virtual public meeting.
Pipeline Safety: Guidance on Training and Qualifications for the Integrity Management Program
Document Number: 2017-06805
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published the gas transmission pipeline integrity management (IM) rule in the Federal Register on December 15, 2003. This rule, in part, established requirements for supervisory and other personnel with IM program functions. PHMSA has recognized inconsistencies in how the requirements have been implemented by operators and is issuing this Advisory Bulletin to remind operators of their responsibility to include qualification requirements for IM personnel, as required by PHMSA regulations and discussed in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) ASME B31.8S-2004.
Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit; City of Bangor, Maine
Document Number: 2017-06804
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-06
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is publishing this notice to seek public comment on a request for special permit, seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal pipeline safety regulations. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will review the comments received from this notice as part of its evaluation to grant or deny the special permit request.
Pipeline Safety: Underground Natural Gas Storage Facility User Fee
Document Number: 2017-06803
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-06
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On November 7, 2016, PHMSA published a notice and request for comments in the Federal Register, titled ``Pipeline Safety: Underground Natural Gas Storage Facility User Fee'' (November 2016 Notice), seeking comments from underground natural gas storage facility operators on a proposed PHMSA pipeline user-fee assessment and rate structure. PHMSA received nine comments in the docket. We are publishing this notice of agency action to address the comments received and to announce the rate structure PHMSA will implement in fiscal year (FY) 2017 if Congress appropriates FY 2017 funds for the Pipeline Safety Fund's Underground Natural Gas Storage Facility Safety Account.
Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit
Document Number: 2017-06404
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-03
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is publishing this notice to seek public comments on a request for special permit, seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the federal pipeline safety regulations. At the conclusion of the 60-day comment period, PHMSA will review the comments received from this notice as part of its evaluation to grant or deny the special permit request.
Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With International Standards (RRR)
Document Number: 2017-04565
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-30
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is issuing a final rule to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous GoodsModel Regulations. Additionally, PHMSA is adopting several amendments to the HMR that result from coordination with Canada under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council.
Hazardous Materials: Volatility of Unrefined Petroleum Products and Class 3 Materials
Document Number: 2017-05488
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-21
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is extending the comment period for an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that was published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017. In response to stakeholder requests, the comment period will be extended for an additional 60 days, from March 20, 2017 to May 19, 2017.
Pipeline Safety: Deactivation of Threats
Document Number: 2017-05262
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is issuing this Advisory Bulletin to inform owners and operators of gas transmission pipelines that PHMSA has developed guidance on threat identification and the minimum criteria for deactivation of threats, as established by a previously issued rule. This Advisory Bulletin also provides guidance to gas transmission pipeline operators regarding documenting their rationale of analyses, justifications, determinations, and decisions related to threat deactivation.
Hazardous Materials: Notice of Applications for Special Permits
Document Number: 2017-04016
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-06
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 notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1 Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Hazardous Materials: Notice of Applications for Special Permits
Document Number: 2017-04015
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-06
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, notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1 Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Hazardous Materials: Notice of Applications for Special Permits
Document Number: 2017-04013
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-06
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, notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1 Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Hazardous Materials: Notice of applications for special permits
Document Number: 2017-04012
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-06
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, notice is hereby given that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has received the application described herein. Each mode of transportation for which a particular special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of Application''portion of the table below as follows: 1 Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Hazardous Materials: Oregon Hazardous Waste Management Regulation
Document Number: 2017-00788
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Interested parties are invited to comment on an application by NORA, An Association of Responsible Recyclers (NORA) for an administrative determination as to whether Federal hazardous material transportation law preempts a hazardous waste regulation of the State of Oregon that imposes a strict liability standard on transporters.
Pipeline Safety: Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery, Accident and Incident Notification, and Other Pipeline Safety Changes
Document Number: 2016-31461
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is amending the pipeline safety regulations to address requirements of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (2011 Act), and to update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. Among other provisions, PHMSA is adding a specific time frame for telephonic or electronic notifications of accidents and incidents and adding provisions for cost recovery for design reviews of certain new projects, for the renewal of expiring special permits, and setting out the process for requesting protection of confidential commercial information. PHMSA is also amending the drug and alcohol testing requirements, and incorporating consensus standards by reference for in-line inspection (ILI) and Stress Corrosion Cracking Direct Assessment (SCCDA).
Hazardous Materials: Volatility of Unrefined Petroleum Products and Class 3 Materials
Document Number: 2017-00913
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-01-18
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is considering revising the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to establish vapor pressure limits for unrefined petroleum-based products and potentially all Class 3 flammable liquid hazardous materials that would apply during the transportation of the products or materials by any mode. PHMSA is currently assessing the merits of a petition for rulemaking submitted by the Attorney General of the State of New York regarding vapor pressure standards for the transportation of crude oil. The petition requests that PHMSA implement a Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limit less than 9.0 pounds per square inch (psi) for crude oil transported by rail. PHMSA will use the comments in response to this ANPRM to help assess and respond to the petition and to evaluate any other potential regulatory actions related to sampling and testing of crude oil and other Class 3 hazardous materials. PHMSA will also evaluate the potential safety benefits and costs of utilizing vapor pressure thresholds within the hazardous materials classification process for unrefined petroleum-based products and Class 3 hazardous materials.
Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2017-00828
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-17
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval and extension for four Information Collection Requests (ICRs). Specifically, this notice announces the following: OMB approval and extension until February 28, 2018 for OMB Control No. 2137-0586, ``Hazardous Materials Public Sector Training & Planning Grants''; OMB approval and extension until March 31, 2019 for OMB Control No. 2137- 0628, ``Flammable Hazardous Materials by Rail Transportation''; and OMB approval and extension until June 30, 2019 for both OMB Control No. 2137-0613, ``Subsidiary Hazard Class and Number/Type of Packagings,'' and OMB Control No. 2137-0510, ``Radioactive (RAM) Transportation Requirements.''