The PIPES Act of 2016 mandated that the PHMSA provide regular public reports on rulemaking activities for all outstanding rules.
Section 3 (c) of the Act defines an outstanding regulation as:
(1) a final rule required under the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (Public Law 112–90) that has not been published in the Federal Register; and
(2) a final rule regarding gas or hazardous liquid pipeline facilities required under this Act or an Act enacted prior to the date of enactment of this Act (other than the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011(Public Law 112–90)) that has not been published in the Federal Register. In addition, PHMSA is to provide a description of all rulemakings regarding gas or hazardous liquid pipeline facilities published in the Federal Register that are not identified above.
The agency has just published the first of these reports which includes rulemakings related to both the 2011 and 2016 PIPES Act. This chart (provided by PHMSA) shows not only the status of rules, but also the work plan, staff allocations and projected dates for each rule.
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