August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8



Pipeline Safety Bill Becomes Law; New Proposed Regs More Significant President Obama’s signing of the small-bore pipeline safety bill clears the way for what will be a contentious debate about the far more significant proposed rule from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The PIPES Act of 2016 signed June 22 contained two new regulatory mandates, one dealing with underground storage, the other with the enforcement process. That contrasts with the 549-page transmission safety rule issued by the PHMSA in April that creates a new integrity management classification and first-time requirements for verification of maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) and m

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