Agency Reorganization: Nomenclature Change and Technical Amendments
In accordance with the Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Improvement Act, which reorganized the Department's pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs into the new Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), this document revises all references to the former Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) in 49 CFR parts 190 through 199 to reflect the creation of PHMSA. This document also updates the Office of Pipeline Safety's internet and mailing addresses, docket procedures, titles, section numbers, penalty considerations and cap adjustments, terminology, and other changes conforming part 190 with the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002. The amendments made by this rule reflect the changed organizational posture of the agency and update the part 190 enforcement procedures to reflect current public law. This rule does not impose any new operating requirements on pipeline owners and operators.