Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration June 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pipeline Safety: Notice to Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Operators of Request for Voluntary Advance Notification of Intent To Transport Biofuels
Document Number: E8-14137
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-25
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is requesting that any hazardous liquid pipeline operator intending to transport ethanol, ethanol-gasoline blends, or other biofuels by pipeline voluntarily provide us with advance notice of their intent to transport these fuels to facilitate cooperation in achieving safety. We request that any operator intending to field test transportation of biofuels by pipeline notify PHMSA of such testing in advance so that PHMSA can work with the operator to address any safety concerns that arise. PHMSA will be interested in discussing the steps the operator will take to ensure safety during the test and informing the local emergency response officials about the product being transported.
Pipeline Safety: Integrity Management Program for Gas Distribution Pipelines
Document Number: 08-1387
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-06-25
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA proposes to amend the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations to require operators of gas distribution pipelines to develop and implement integrity management (IM) programs. The purpose of these programs is to enhance safety by identifying and reducing pipeline integrity risks. The IM programs required by the proposed rule would be similar to those currently required for gas transmission pipelines, but tailored to reflect the differences in and among distribution systems. In accordance with Federal law, the proposed rule would require operators to install excess flow valves on certain new and replaced residential service lines, subject to feasibility criteria outlined in the rule. Based on the required risk assessments and enhanced controls, the proposed rule also would establish procedures and standards permitting risk-based adjustment of prescribed intervals for leak detection surveys and other fixed-interval requirements in the agency's existing regulations for gas distribution pipelines. To further minimize regulatory burdens, the proposed rule would establish simpler requirements for master meter and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) operators, reflecting the relatively lower risk of these small pipeline systems. This proposal also addresses statutory mandates and recommendations from the DOT's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and stakeholder groups.
Pipeline Safety: Workshop on Cased Pipeline Integrity Assessments
Document Number: E8-14119
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-23
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is holding a Workshop on Cased Pipeline Integrity Assessments and in coordination with a planning group representing the National Association of Pipeline Safety Regulators, American Gas Association, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, American Public Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, and NACE International, the workshop focus will be for pipeline operators, trade associations, and others to address concerns with successfully using External Corrosion Direct Assessment integrity evaluation methods and use of other technologies to assess casings in High Consequence Areas.
Pipeline Safety: Requests for Special Permit
Document Number: E8-14117
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-23
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal pipeline safety laws allow a pipeline operator to request PHMSA to waive compliance with any part of the Federal pipeline safety regulations by granting a special permit to the operator. PHMSA is publishing this notice to provide a list of special permit requests we have received from pipeline operators seeking relief from compliance with certain pipeline safety regulations. This notice seeks public comment on these requests, including comments on any environmental impacts. At the conclusion of the comment period, PHMSA will evaluate each request individually to determine whether to grant or deny a special permit.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Application for Special Permits
Document Number: E8-13769
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-19
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR 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 special permit is requested is indicated by a number in the ``Nature of special permits thereof'' portion of the table below as follows: 1Motor vehicle, 2Rail freight, 3Cargo vessel, 4Cargo aircraft only, 5Passenger-carrying aircraft.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Applications for Modification of Special Permit
Document Number: E8-13744
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-19
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits 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 applications described herein. This notice is abbreviated to expedite docketing and public notice. Because the sections affected, modes of transportation, and the nature of the applications have been shown in earlier Federal Register publications, they are not repeated here. Requests for modifications of special permits (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'' denote a modification request. These applications have been separated from the new applications for special permits to facilitate processing.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Notice of Delays in Processing of Special Permits Applications
Document Number: E8-13530
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-19
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 special permit 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.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety; Actions on Special Permit Applications
Document Number: E8-13215
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-19
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the procedures governing the application for, and the processing of, special permits from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Part 107, Subpart B), notice is hereby given of the actions on special permits applications in (October to April 2008). The mode of transportation involved are identified 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. Application numbers prefixed by the letters EE represent applications for Emergency Special Permits. It should be noted that some of the sections cited were those in effect at the time certain special permits were issued.
Pipeline Safety: Installation of Excess Flow Valves into Gas Service Lines
Document Number: E8-12566
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-05
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document advises operators of gas distribution pipeline systems of a statutory requirement for installation of excess flow valves in certain gas service lines.
Pipeline Safety: Protecting Unusually Sensitive Areas From Rural Onshore Hazardous Liquid Gathering Lines and Low-Stress Lines
Document Number: E8-12099
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-06-03
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is amending its pipeline safety regulations to extend added protection to certain environmentally sensitive areas that could be damaged by failure of a rural onshore hazardous liquid gathering line or low-stress pipeline. Building on PHMSA's existing regulatory framework, the rule is intended to protect designated ``unusually sensitive areas'' (USAs)locations requiring extra protection because of the presence of sole-source drinking water, endangered species, or other ecological resources. This rule defines ``regulated rural onshore hazardous liquid gathering lines'' and requires operators of these lines to comply with safety requirements that address the most common threats to the integrity of these pipelines: Corrosion and third-party damage. In accordance with the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement and Safety (PIPES) Act of 2006, the rule also significantly narrows the regulatory exception for rural onshore low-stress hazardous liquid pipelines by extending all existing safety regulations, including integrity management requirements, to large-diameter low- stress pipelines within a defined ``buffer'' area around a USA. The final rule requires operators of these, and all other low-stress pipelines, to comply with annual reporting requirements, furnishing data needed for further rulemaking required by the PIPES Act.
International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods; Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-12060
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-02
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is to advise interested persons that PHMSA will conduct a public meeting in preparation for the 33rd session of the United Nation's Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE) to be held June 30-July 9, 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, PHMSA is soliciting comments relative to any potential new work items which may be considered for inclusion in its international agenda.