April 2020, Vol. 247, No. 4

Features

PHMSA Issues Notice of Discretion Concerning Operators and COVID-19

P&GJ Staff Report PHMSA told pipeline operators on March 20 that the administration recognized the constraints they face in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, adding that certain employees may be required to work outside of their classification. Mayberry “Limited personnel resources and the ongoing need to meet operational and maintenance needs may necessitate actions by personnel that may not fully meet federal operator qualification (OQ),  control room management (CRM), and employment drug testing requirements,” Alan K. Mayberry, PHMSA associate administrator for Pipeline Safety, said in news release. The directive specificall

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