January Report on DOT Significant Rulemakings

DOT has released their January report. Click to download.

http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.dev/files/docs/Jan%202014%20Internet%20Report.docx

Here are the Pipeline Safety entries from the report.

Pipeline Safety: Enforcement of State Excavation Damage LawsPopular Title: Pipeline Safety: Excavation Damage LawsRIN 2137-AE43

Stage: Final Rule

Previous Stage: NPRM 4/02/2012; End of C/P 07/09/2012; End of C/P 06/01/2012; Extension of C/P 05/30/2012; End of Extended C/P 07/09/2012

Abstract: The PIPES Act provides PHMSA with the authority to enforce excavation damage laws in those states that have inadequate enforcement. This rulemaking would consider standards for excavators and operators to follow when conducting excavation in a vicinity of a pipeline and the administrative procedures to be used for enforcement proceedings.

Effects:

Major
Federalism

Prompting action: Statute

Legal Deadline: None

Rulemaking Project Initiated: 03/30/2009

Docket Number: PHMSA 2009-0192

Dates for Final Rule:

Milestone

Originally
Scheduled
Date

New
Projected
Date

Actual
Date

To OST 03/25/2013 10/01/2013 07/29/2013
To OMB 04/25/2013 01/21/2014
OMB Clearance 07/25/2013 04/21/2014
Publication Date 08/05/2013 05/01/2014
Explanation for any delay: Additional coordination necessary
Pipeline Safety: Miscellaneous Amendments to the Pipeline Safety RegulationsPopular Title: Miscellaneous Pipeline AmendmentsRIN 2137-AE59

Stage: Final Rule

Previous Stage: NPRM 11/29/2011; C/P ends 2/3/2012; CP extended to 3/6/2012

Abstract: This rulemaking would make minor changes to various provisions in the pipeline safety regulations to help clarify them by making editorial corrections, correcting inconsistent regulatory language and responding to several petitions for rulemaking, such as providing for an updated standard. The primary intended effect of this rule is to enhance the accuracy and reduce misunderstandings of the regulations. The amendments contained in this rule are non-substantive changes.

Effects:

None

Prompting action: None

Legal Deadline: None

Rulemaking Project Initiated: 12/28/2009

Docket Number: PHMSA-2010-0026

Dates for Final Rule:

Milestone

Originally
Scheduled
Date

New
Projected
Date

Actual
Date

To OST 08/01/2013 07/30/2013
To OMB 02/07/2014
OMB Clearance 05/07/2014
Publication Date 12/28/2012 05/16/2014
Explanation for any delay: N/A
Federal Register Citation for Final Rule: None
Pipeline Safety: Safety of On-Shore Liquid Hazardous PipelinesPopular Title: Liquid Hazardous Pipelines

RIN 2137-AE66

Stage: NPRM

Previous Stage: ANPRM: Publication Date 10/18/2010; End of Comment Period 01/18/2011; Extension of Comment Period 01/04/2011; End of Extended Comment Period 02/18/2011.

Abstract: This rulemaking would address effective procedures that hazardous liquid operators can use to improve the protection of High Consequence Areas (HCA) and other vulnerable areas along their hazardous liquid onshore pipelines. PHMSA is considering whether changes are needed to the regulations covering hazardous liquid onshore pipelines, whether other areas should be included as HCAs for integrity management (IM) protections, what the repair timeframes should be for areas outside the HCAs that are assessed as part of the IM program, whether leak detection standards are necessary, valve spacing requirements are needed on new construction or existing pipelines, and PHMSA should extend regulation to certain pipelines currently exempt from regulation. The agency would also address the public safety and environmental aspects any new requirements, as well as the cost implications and regulatory burden.

Effects:

Major
Regulatory Flexibility Act

Prompting action: None

Legal Deadline: None

Rulemaking Project Initiated: 08/13/2010

Docket Number: PHMSA-2010-0229

Dates for NPRM:

Milestone

Originally
Scheduled
Date

New
Projected
Date

Actual
Date

To OST 11/18/2011 05/22/2012 06/13/2012
Returned to Mode 06/28/2012
Resubmitted to OST 07/16/2012 09/17/2012
To OMB 12/16/2011 01/21/2014
OMB Clearance 03/19/2012 04/21/2014
Publication Date 03/30/2012 05/01/2014
End of Comment Period 05/30/2012 07/01/2014
Explanation for any delay: Additional coordination necessary
Pipeline Safety: Excess Flow Valves In Applications Other Than Single-Family Residences in Gas Distribution SystemsPopular Title: Excess Flow Valves

RIN 2137-AE71

Stage: NPRM

Previous Stage: ANPRM 11/25/2011; CP ended 2/18/12; CP extended to 3/19/2012

Abstract: This rulemaking would require excess flow valves (EFVs) be installed in all new and renewed gas service lines, for structures other than single family dwellings, when the operating conditions are compatible with readily available valves. These changes would be in response to NTSB and PHMSA investigations of current EFV installation practices. The intended effect of the rule is to increase the level of safety for structures other than single family dwellings currently subject to Federal pipeline safety regulation.

Effects:

None

Prompting action: None

Legal Deadline: None

Rulemaking Project Initiated: 10/01/2010

Docket Number: PHMSA-2011-0009

Dates for NPRM:

Milestone

Originally
Scheduled
Date

New
Projected
Date

Actual
Date

To OST 02/04/2013 08/01/2013 07/30/2013
To OMB 03/01/2013 01/30/2014
OMB Clearance 06/03/2013 04/30/2014
Publication Date 06/12/2013 05/09/2014
End of Comment Period 08/12/2013 07/09/2014
Explanation for any delay: Additional coordination necessary
Federal Register Citation for NPRM: None
Pipeline Safety: Gas Transmission (RRR)Popular Title: Gas Transmission (RRR)

RIN 2137-AE72

Stage: NPRM

Previous Stage: ANPRM 8/25/2011; End of C/P 12/02/2011; End of Extended C/P 1/20/2012 : End of Reopened Comment Period ;Publication Approved ;Publication Date ;End of Comment Period .

Abstract: In this rulemaking, PHMSA will be revisiting the requirements in the Pipeline Safety Regulations addressing integrity management principles for Gas Transmission pipelines. In particular, PHMSA will be reviewing the definition of an HCA ( including the concept of a potential impact radius), the repair criteria for both HCA and non-HCA areas, requiring the use of automatic and remote controlled shut off valves, valve spacing, and whether applying the integrity management program requirements to additional areas would mitigate the need for class location requirements.

Effects:

None

Prompting action: 2011 Retrospective Regulatory Review

Legal Deadline: None

Rulemaking Project Initiated: 01/04/2011

Docket Number: PHMSA-2011-0023

Dates for NPRM:

Milestone

Originally
Scheduled
Date

New
Projected
Date

Actual
Date

To OST 03/25/2013 02/18/2014
To OMB 04/25/2013 03/18/2014
OMB Clearance 07/25/2013 06/19/2014
Publication Date 08/05/2013 06/30/2014
End of Comment Period 10/04/2013 09/30/2014
Explanation for any delay: Additional coordination necessary
Federal Register Citation for NPRM: None
Pipeline Safety: Amendments to Parts 192 and 195 to require Valve installation and Minimum Rupture Detection StandardsPopular Title: Rupture Detection and Valves Rule

RIN 2137-AF06

Stage: NPRM

Previous Stage: none

Abstract: This proposed rule would require mandatory installation of automatic shutoff valves, remote controlled valves, or equivalent technology and establish performance based meaningful metrics for rupture detection for gas and liquid transmission pipelines. The overall intent is that rupture detection metrics will be integrated with ASV and RCV placement with the objective of improving overall incident response. Rupture response metrics would focus on mitigating large, unsafe, uncontrolled release events that have a greater potential consequence. The areas proposed to be covered include High Consequence Areas (HCA) for hazardous liquids and HCA, Class 3 and 4 for natural gas (including could affect areas).

Effects:

Economically Significant
Major
Regulatory Flexibility Act

Prompting action: Statute

Legal Deadline: None

Rulemaking Project Initiated: 11/21/2013

Docket Number:

Dates for NPRM:

Milestone

Originally
Scheduled
Date

New
Projected
Date

Actual
Date

To OST 08/22/2014 08/18/2014
To OMB 09/22/2014 09/18/2014
OMB Clearance 12/22/2014 12/18/2014
Publication Date 01/06/2015 12/29/2014
End of Comment Period 02/26/2015 03/02/2015
Explanation for any delay: N/A
Federal Register Citation for NPRM: NoneStay up to date on Pipeline Safety with WinDOT, The Pipeline Safety Encyclopedia. 
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