Thursday, February 24, 2022

PHMSA Sends Gas Pipeline Safety Final Rule to OMB

Yesterday the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had received a final rule from the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for “Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines, Repair Criteria, Integrity Management Improvements, Cathodic Protection, Management of Change, and Other Related Amendments.”

According to the entry in the Fall 2021 Unified Agenda for this rulemaking:

“This rulemaking would amend the pipeline safety regulations relevant to gas transmission pipelines by adjusting the repair criteria in high consequence areas and creating new criteria for non-high consequence areas, requiring the inspection of pipelines following extreme events, requiring safety features on in-line inspection tool launchers and receivers, updating and bolstering pipeline corrosion control, codifying a management of change process, clarifying certain integrity management provisions, and strengthening integrity management assessment requirements.”

There was no notice of proposed rulemaking issued for this action. It first appeared in the Spring 2018 Long-Term Actions portion of the Agenda listed as a final rule. It was split off from the 2137-AE72 rulemaking that had its NPRM published on March 8th, 2016.

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