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

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Pipeline Safety: Meeting on Pipeline Repairs and Permitting
Document Number: 05-7267
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-11
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On May 6, 2005, OPS will hold a meeting to discuss pipeline repairs and permitting. This meeting provides the pipeline industry an opportunity to share its experience with making pipeline repairs and obtaining permits.
Hazardous Materials: Hazardous Waste Manifest Requirements; Withdrawal of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Document Number: 05-6805
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-06
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Research and Special Programs Administrationthe predecessor agency to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final rules in 1980 requiring that a manifest accompany each shipment of hazardous waste during transportation. In 49 CFR 172.205, PHMSA provided that the uniform manifest ``may be used as the shipping paper required by'' the Hazardous Materials Regulations, so long as it contained all the required information. On May 22, 2001, EPA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the hazardous waste manifest system. One of EPA's proposed changes would have allowed the uniform manifest to be prepared and transmitted electronically from the generator to the disposal facility, rather than requiring it to accompany the shipment. EPA is deferring final action on the electronic manifest pending further analysis, outreach, and possible supplemental proposals. Therefore, PHMSA is withdrawing an NPRM published on August 8, 2001, that would have amended the Hazardous Materials Regulations on the use of the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest for shipments of hazardous wastes. The changes proposed in that NPRM would have accommodated changes proposed by EPA. PHMSA proposed to require that, if the generator of a hazardous waste prepares an electronic manifest, either a physical copy of the electronic manifest or another document containing the information required for a shipping paper must accompany the hazardous waste in transportation.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Exemption Applications
Document Number: 05-6803
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-06
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 application.
Pipeline Safety: Petition for Waiver; Enstar Natural Gas Company
Document Number: 05-6730
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-06
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Enstar Natural Gas Company (Enstar) has petitioned the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) for a waiver of the pipeline safety regulation that prohibits tracer wire from being wrapped around the pipe.
Pipeline Safety: Strapping Table Calibration for Pipeline Breakout Tank Operators
Document Number: 05-6729
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-06
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This advisory notice alerts pipeline operators of all hazardous liquid pipeline facility systems about the need to validate the accuracy of breakout tank strapping tables. Under certain circumstances, strapping table errors can potentially lead to dangerous conditions.
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.
Hazardous Materials: Availability of Information for Hazardous Materials Transported by Aircraft
Document Number: 05-3485
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-24
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule adopts without change the April 1, 2005, mandatory compliance date for the notification and record retention requirements for aircraft operators transporting hazardous materials, as adopted in an interim final rule in this proceeding published on September 1, 2004.
Pipeline Safety: Response Plans for Onshore Transportation-Related Oil Pipelines
Document Number: 05-3257
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-23
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On January 5, 1993, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) issued an interim final rule establishing oil spill response planning requirements for onshore oil pipelines (49 CFR Part 194). These regulations were issued pursuant to section 1321(j)(5) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), as amended by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). OPS is now adopting the interim rule as a final rule. This final rule makes minor amendments to some of the regulations in response to the written public comments received after issuance of the interim final rule and at a public meeting held in 1997 in New Orleans, LA. The amendments also reflect the experience that OPS has gained in implementing the rule; leading spill response exercises; and, responding to actual spills and harmonizes certain OPS requirements with related oil spill response regulations developed by the U.S. Coast Guard. The amendments are generally technical in nature and do not involve additional costs to pipeline operators or the public.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and to the Administrator, Research and Innovative Technology Administration; Establishment and Delegation of Powers and Duties
Document Number: 05-3245
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-18
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Office of the Secretary
Two new administrations, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, are being established within the United States Department of Transportation pursuant to the Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Improvement Act. Each new administration is established effective February 20, 2005. Accordingly, by this action, the Secretary delegates to the Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and the Administrator, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, functions required for the operation of each new administration. In addition, this final rule renames chapters I and XI of subtitle B of title 49 CFR.