September 2015, Vol. 242, No. 9

Features

Government: PHMSA Sets Standards for State Excavation Policies

House members of both parties drubbed the latest top PHMSA official to appear before Congress to answer questions about lagging pipeline safety rule implementation. Stacy Cummings, the interim executive director and apparently top official at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), was calm and vague at a hearing July 17 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She defended the agency by pointing to one new rule on state excavation programs and one proposed rule on excess flow valves which had been issued in the past month. She said other final and proposed rules required under the 2011 Pipeline Safety Act (PSA) would be out by the end of 2015. At the last c

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