Saturday, July 16, 2011

PHMSA Submits Pipeline Safety ANPRM to OMB

Yesterday the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) published a notice on their web site that the Pipeline and Hazardous Material and Safety Administration (PHMSA) had submitted a draft advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to OMB for a new rulemaking effort on the safety of gas transmission pipelines.

According to the abstract on the web site for this new rulemaking (RIN: 2137-AE72):

“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 considering the definition of an HCA ( including the concept of a potential impact radius) and the repair criteria for both HCA and non-HCA.”
This rule making was published for the first time in the Spring 2011 Unified Agenda.

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