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PHMSA Announces Update of Regs with Consensus Standards

Posted in on Fri, Sep 27, 2013

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), has proposed to amend its pipeline safety regulations to incorporate by reference (IBR) all or parts of new, updated, or reaffirmed editions of voluntary consensus standards that are available on the Internet, free-of-charge, to the public.  PHMSA is also proposing to make non-substantive edits and to clarify regulatory language in certain provisions.  PHMSA states the proposed changes are relatively minor and would not require pipeline operators to undertake any significant new pipeline safety initiatives.  Comments are due October 15, 2013.

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