Pipeline Safety: Meetings of the Pipeline Safety Advisory Committees
This notice announces public meetings of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) and Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC) to discuss various regulatory issues.
Request for Public Comments and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Approval of an Existing Information Collection (2137-0593)
This notice seeks comments from the public regarding notices gas service line operators must send customers about the availability of excess flow valves (EFVs) and related records operators must keep. The notices give customers information to help them decide if they would like to have EFVs installed on their lines. Comments will help OMB evaluate the information collection involving EFVs.
Pipeline Safety: Planning for Coordination of Emergency Response to Pipeline Emergencies
This document alerts pipeline operators about the need to preplan for emergency response with utilities whose proximity to the pipeline may impact the response. Coordination with electric and other utilities may be critical in responding to a pipeline emergency. Preplanning would facilitate actions that may be needed for safety, such as removing sources of ignition or reducing the amount of combustible material.
Request for Public Comments and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Approval of an Existing Information Collection (2137-0594)
This notice seeks comments from the public regarding notices that gas pipeline operators must send customers about buried customer piping located downstream from service lines and the related records operators must keep. The notices inform customers about the need for proper maintenance of this piping. Comments will help OMB evaluate the information collection burden.
International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods; Public Meetings
This notice is to advise interested persons that PHMSA will conduct public meetings in preparation for and to report the results of the 27th session of the United Nation's Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE) to be held July 4-8, 2005 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Hazardous Materials: Infectious Substances; Harmonization With the United Nations Recommendations
PHMSA is proposing to revise the transportation requirements for infectious substances, including regulated medical waste, to adopt new classification criteria and packaging requirements consistent with revised international standards and to clarify existing requirements to promote compliance. These proposed revisions will ensure an acceptable level of safety for the transportation of infectious substances and facilitate domestic and international transportation.
Pipeline Safety: Pipeline Operator Public Awareness Program
This Final Rule amends the requirements for pipeline operators to develop and implement public awareness (also known as public education) programs. The changes are part of PHMSA's \1\ Office of Pipeline Safety's (OPS) broad pipeline communications initiative to promote pipeline safety. Promoting pipeline safety requires enhanced communications (by pipeline operators) with the public to increase public awareness of pipeline operations and safety issues. The amendments for developing and implementing public awareness programs address the requirements of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act (PSIA) of 2002 \2\ and incorporate by reference the guidelines provided in the American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice (RP) 1162, ``Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators.'' \3\
Pipeline Safety: Public Meeting on Use of Excess Flow Valves in Gas Distribution Service Lines
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) is sponsoring a public meeting on the use of Excess Flow Valves in gas distribution safety lines as a technique for mitigating the consequences of service line incidents. The meeting will be held on June 17, 2005, in Washington, DC.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modifications of Exemption
In accordance with theprocedures governing the application for, and the processing of, exemptions 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. 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. Request of modifications of exemptions (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'' demote a modification request. Their applications have been separated from the new application for exemption to facilitate processing.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Exemptions
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, exemptions 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 exemption 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.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Actions on Exemption Applications
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, exemptions from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR part 107, subpart B), notice is hereby given of the actions on exemption applications in October 2003 to December 2004. The mode of transportation involved are identified by a number in the ``Nature of Application'' portion of the table below as follows: 1-Motor vehicle, 2-Rail freight, 3-Cargo vessel, 4-Cargo aircraft only, 5-Passenger- carrying aircraft. Application numbers prefixed by the letters EE represent applications for Emergency Exemptions. It should be noted that some of the sections cited were those in effect at the time certain exemptions were issued.
Hazardous Materials: Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (TS-R-1) and Advisory Material for the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials (TS-G-1.1); Request for Comments
PHMSA will accept written comments pertaining to 28 proposed changes to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials, TS-R-1, scheduled for revision in the year 2007 as well as written comments on the proposed changes to the Advisory Material for the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials, TS-G-1.1.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Exemption Applications
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