Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration March 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pipeline Safety: Meetings on Assuring Distribution Pipeline Integrity
Document Number: 05-6067
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (phmsa), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) plans to conduct several work group meetings in 2005 to evaluate ways to enhance integrity of gas distribution pipeline systems. The work groups include representatives of OPS, state pipeline safety regulators, the gas distribution industry, the Gas Pipeline Technology Committee, the Fire Marshal's Association, and the public. The next meeting will be held March 29-31, 2005, in Dallas, Texas.
Submission for Office of Management and Budget Approval and Public Comment Request
Document Number: 05-5194
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice seeks comments from the public regarding the need for PHMSA to collect paperwork information from liquefied natural gas operators to ensure that these operators are properly operating and maintaining their facilities. This notice is published (pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995) to measure the need for the proposed paperwork collection, to find ways to minimize the burden on operators, to find ways to enhance the quality of information collected, and to verify the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (measured in work hours) on pipeline operators. This is a request to continue collection of information already approved under OMB 2137- 0048, which is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2005, and to renew that approval.
Request for Public Comments and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Approval of an Existing Information Collection
Document Number: 05-5193
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice seeks public comment on the need for PHMSA to collect paperwork information from state agencies that maintain programs to regulate pipelines. The purpose of the paperwork is to ensure that these states are properly monitoring the operations of pipeline operators in their states, and to determine Federal grant amounts for these states. This notice is published (pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995) to measure the need for the paperwork collection from these state agencies, to find ways to minimize the burden on states that must respond, to find ways to enhance the quality of information collected, and to verify the accuracy of the PHMSA's estimate of the burden (measured in work hours) on the states. This notice also seeks approval from the Office of Management and Budget to renew the existing approval of this paperwork collection.
Request for Public Comments and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Approval of an Existing Information Collection (2137-0605)
Document Number: 05-5192
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice seeks public comment on the need for PHMSA to collect paperwork information on pipeline integrity management in high consequence areas from hazardous liquid pipeline operators with less than 500 miles of pipelines. This information collection requires operators to provide direct integrity testing and evaluation of pipelines in high consequence areas. This notice is published (pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995) to measure the need for the paperwork collection, to find ways to minimize the burden on these operators that must respond, to find ways to enhance the quality of information collected, and to verify the accuracy of the PHMSA's estimate of the burden (measured in work hours) on private entities. This notice also seeks approval from OMB to renew the existing approval of this paperwork collection.
Request for Public Comments and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Approval of an Existing Information Collection (2137-0047)
Document Number: 05-5191
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice seeks public comment on the need for PHMSA to collect paperwork information from hazardous liquid pipeline operators. The mission of PHMSA is to ensure the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the nation's approximately 154,000 miles of hazardous liquid pipelines. The requested paperwork will ensure that PHMSA can identify any trends in hazardous liquid pipeline safety and share it with the stakeholders for effective inspection programs, minimizing incidents. This notice is published (pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995) to measure the need for the paperwork collection from the hazardous liquid pipeline operators, to find ways to minimize the burden on operators, to find ways to enhance the quality of the collected information, and to verify the accuracy of PHMSA's estimate of the burden (measured in work hours) on private entities. This notice also seeks to renew the existing approval from OMB for this paperwork collection.
Request for Public Comments and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Approval of an Existing Information Collection (2137-0049)
Document Number: 05-5190
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-16
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
A person owning or operating a pipeline facility is required to maintain records, make reports, and provide information to the Secretary of Transportation at the Secretary's request. The Secretary, through PHMSA, uses this information to decide whether the owner or operator is complying with the Pipeline Safety Law (49 U.S.C.). This notice is published (pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995) to measure the need for paperwork collection from gas pipeline operators, to find ways to minimize the burden on these operators, to find ways to enhance the quality of information collected, and to verify the accuracy of PHMSA's estimate of the burden (measured in work hours) on private entities. This notice also seeks approval from OMB to renew the existing approval of this paperwork collection.
Hazardous Materials: Requirements for UN Cylinders
Document Number: 05-3859
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-09
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to adopt standards for the design, construction, maintenance and use of cylinders and multiple-element gas containers (MEGCs) based on the standards contained in the United Nations (UN) Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Aligning the HMR with the UN Recommendations will promote flexibility, permit the use of technological advances for the manufacture of pressure receptacles, provide for a broader selection of pressure receptacles, reduce the need for exemptions, and facilitate international commerce in the transportation of compressed gases.
Agency Reorganization: Nomenclature Change and Technical Amendments
Document Number: 05-4123
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-08
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
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.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Exemption Applications
Document Number: 05-4155
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-03
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 exemption 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.
Pipeline Safety: Petition for Waiver; Northern Natural Gas Company
Document Number: 05-4124
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-03
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Northern Natural Gas Company (NNG) petitioned the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) for a waiver from the requirements of 49 CFR 192.625(b)(3), Ordorization of gas. This section requires that a transmission line located in a Class 3 or Class 4 location that transports a combustible gas in a distribution line must contain a natural odorant or be odorized so that the gas is readily detectable by a person with a normal sense of smell unless, in the case of a lateral line which transports gas to a distribution center, at least 50 percent of the line is in a Class 1 or Class 2 location.
Pipeline Safety: Grant of Waiver; Columbia Gas Transmission
Document Number: 05-4121
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-03
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) is granting Columbia Gas Transmission's (Columbia) petition for a waiver of the pipeline safety regulations to install fiberglass reinforced polyethylene pipe in its high pressure natural gas storage field operations.