January Report on Significant Rulemaking

Significant Pipeline Safety Rulemakings, January DOT Report

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
86.
Pipeline Safety: Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines Red
Popular Title: Liquid Hazardous Pipelines
RIN 2137-AE66
Stage: NPRM
Previous Stage: ANPRM: Publication Date 10/18/2010; End of C/P 1/18/2011; Extension of C/P 1/4/2011; End of Extended C/P 2/18/2011.; NPRM Published 10/13/2015; NPRM End of C/P 1/8/2016.
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 time frames 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:

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
To OMB 12/16/2011 04/15/2014 05/01/2014
OMB Clearance 03/19/2012 09/22/2015 09/17/2015
Publication Date 03/30/2012 10/02/2015 10/13/2015
End of Comment Period 05/30/2012 12/02/2015 01/08/2016
Explanation for any delay: Additional coordination necessary
Federal Register Citation for NPRM: 80 FR 61609

 

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
87.
Pipeline Safety: Excess Flow Valves In Applications Other Than Single-Family Residences in Gas Distribution Systems Red
Popular Title: Excess Flow Valves
RIN 2137-AE71
Stage: Final Rule
Previous Stage: ANPRM 11/25/2011; CP ended 2/18/12; CP extended to 3/19/2012; NPRM 7/15/2015, End of C/P 9/14/2015.
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 Final Rule:

Milestone Originally
Scheduled
Date
New
Projected
Date
Actual
Date
To OST 09/03/2016
To OMB 09/30/2016
OMB Clearance 01/03/2017
Publication Date 01/17/2017
Explanation for any delay: N/A
Federal Register Citation for Final Rule: None

 

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
88.
Pipeline Safety: Gas Transmission Red
Popular Title: Gas Transmission (RRR)
RIN 2137-AE72
Stage: NPRM
Previous Stage: ANPRM 8/25/2011; End of C/P 12/2/2011; End of Extended C/P 1/20/2012.
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 and integrating pipeline data, risk assessments, knowledge gained through the IM program, corrosion control, change management, gathering lines, and safety features on launchers and receivers.
Effects:

Economically Significant
Major
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 04/13/2015 04/27/2015
OMB Clearance 07/25/2013 02/05/2016
Publication Date 08/05/2013 02/18/2016
End of Comment Period 10/04/2013 04/18/2016
Explanation for any delay: Additional coordination necessary
Federal Register Citation for NPRM: None

 

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
89.
Pipeline Safety: Amendments to Parts 192 and 195 to require Valve installation and Minimum Rupture Detection Standards Black
Popular Title: Rupture Detection and Valves Rule
RIN 2137-AF06
Stage: NPRM
Previous Stage: none
Abstract: This rule would propose 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 12/31/2015 12/24/2015
To OMB 09/22/2014 03/01/2016
OMB Clearance 12/22/2014 06/01/2016
Publication Date 01/06/2015 06/10/2016
End of Comment Period 02/26/2015 08/10/2016
Explanation for any delay: N/A
Federal Register Citation for NPRM: None

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