DOT Significant Rulemaking, October Report.

Below are the Pipeline Safety items listed in the DOT October report for Significant Rulemaking.

For the complete report go to:

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

 

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
96.   Pipeline Safety: Enforcement of State Excavation Damage Laws
Popular Title: Pipeline Safety: Excavation Damage Laws
RIN 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 10/23/2014
OMB Clearance 07/25/2013 01/23/2015
Publication Date 08/05/2013 02/04/2015
Explanation for any delay: Additional coordination necessary
Federal Register Citation for Final Rule: None
 

 

 

  98.   Pipeline Safety: Miscellaneous Amendments to the Pipeline Safety Regulations
Popular Title: Miscellaneous Pipeline Amendments
RIN 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: Statute
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
Returned to Mode 04/18/2014
Resubmitted to OST 10/24/2014
To OMB 11/20/2014
OMB Clearance 02/20/2015
Publication Date 12/28/2012 03/10/2015
Explanation for any delay: N/A
Federal Register Citation for Final Rule: None
 

 

 

 

99.   Pipeline Safety: Safety of On-Shore Liquid Hazardous Pipelines
Popular 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
Returned to Mode/2 10/04/2013
Resubmitted to OST 12/05/2013
Returned to C-1 02/21/2014
Returned to S-1 03/07/2014
To OMB 12/16/2011 04/15/2014 05/01/2014
OMB Clearance 03/19/2012 11/03/2014
Publication Date 03/30/2012 11/20/2014
End of Comment Period 05/30/2012 02/21/2015
Explanation for any delay: Additional coordination necessary
Federal Register Citation for NPRM: None
 

 

 

 

100.   Pipeline Safety: Excess Flow Valves In Applications Other Than Single-Family Residences in Gas Distribution Systems
Popular 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: Section 22 2011 PSA : 01/03/2014
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 03/17/2014 04/30/2014
OMB Clearance 06/03/2013 10/24/2014
Publication Date 06/12/2013 11/03/2014
End of Comment Period 08/12/2013 02/03/2015
Explanation for any delay: Additional coordination necessary
Federal Register Citation for NPRM: None
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 address: repair criteria for both HCA and non-HCA areas, assessment methods, validating & integrating pipeline data, risk assessments, knowledge gained through the IM program, corrosion control, management of change, gathering lines, and safety features on launchers and receivers.
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 03/28/2014 03/12/2014
Returned to Mode 04/28/2014
Returned To OST 06/26/2014 06/27/2014
To OMB 04/25/2013 10/16/2014
OMB Clearance 07/25/2013 01/16/2015
Publication Date 08/05/2013 01/28/2015
End of Comment Period 10/04/2013 03/28/2015
Explanation for any delay: Additional coordination necessary
Federal Register Citation for NPRM: None
 

 

 

 

103.   Pipeline Safety: Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery, Accident and Incident Notification, and Other Changes (RRR)
Popular Title: Pipeline Safety: OQ, Cost Recovery & other changes
RIN 2137-AE94
Stage: NPRM
Previous Stage: None
Abstract: This rulemaking would address miscellaneous issues that have been raised because of the reauthorization of the pipeline safety program in 2012 and petitions for rulemaking from many affected stakeholders. Some of the issues that this rulemaking would address include: renewal process for special permits, cost recovery for design reviews, and incident reporting.
Effects:

Regulatory Flexibility Act
Prompting action: 2011 Retrospective Regulatory Review
Legal Deadline: Sec 9 (a)-(b) 2011 PSA : 07/03/2013
Rulemaking Project Initiated: 05/11/2012
Docket Number:
Dates for NPRM:

Milestone Originally
Scheduled
Date
New
Projected
Date
Actual
Date
To OST 12/19/2014 05/28/2014
To OMB 10/16/2014
OMB Clearance 01/16/2015
Publication Date 06/10/2013 01/28/2015
End of Comment Period 09/10/2013 04/28/2015
Explanation for any delay: N/A
Federal Register Citation for NPRM: None
 

 

 

 

104.   Pipeline Safety: Amendments to Parts 192 and 195 to require Valve installation and Minimum Rupture Detection Standards
Popular 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: Section 4 2011 PSA : 01/03/2014
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 11/22/2014
To OMB 09/22/2014 12/21/2014
OMB Clearance 12/22/2014 03/31/2015
Publication Date 01/06/2015 05/01/2015
End of Comment Period 02/26/2015 08/02/2015
Explanation for any delay: N/A
Federal Register Citation for NPRM: None
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