Timeframe, Wording at Issue in Underground Facility Safety Rule

February 2017, Vol. 244, No. 2

The compliance start date for the new federal safety requirement on underground gas storage facilities doesn’t go into effect for one year, but arrival of the Trump administration could extend that deadline. That is the hope of groups such as the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API). While they generally support part of the incorporation of industry voluntary standards into federal pipeline safety laws, they claim the 12-month implementation deadline is too short. The industry hopes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will realize the problem…

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