Pipeline Safety: Operator Qualifications; Statutory Changes
This document confirms the effective date of the direct final rule published in the Federal Register on March 3, 2005. The direct final rule amended regulations that require operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines to conduct programs to evaluate the qualifications of individuals who perform certain safety-related tasks on pipelines.
Hazardous Materials; Transportation of Lithium Batteries
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is publishing this initial regulatory flexibility analysis to aid the public in commenting upon the potential small business impacts of the proposals in our April 2, 2002 notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) on: (1) Exceptions for ``small'' and for ``mid-size'' batteries (i.e., cells up to 5 grams of lithium content and batteries up to 25 grams of lithium content); and (2) exceptions for aircraft passengers and crew. These changes are being proposed in order to clarify requirements to promote safer transportation practices; promote compliance and enforcement; eliminate unnecessary regulatory requirements; facilitate international commerce; and make these requirements easier to understand. We will consider comments received to improve our regulatory flexibility analysis and in making our decision on a final rule.