June 2011 Vol. 238 No. 6

Government

DOT Control Room Regulation To Take Effect Early

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced June 16 that a new regulation to improve the management of pipeline control rooms will go into effect over a year earlier than originally planned. The final rule will include procedures to improve training, mitigate fatigue, and clearly define roles and responsibilities for employees in control rooms for DOT-regulated pipelines. “Safety is our top priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “These new regulations will help pipeline operators make critical decisions that could stop a pipeline rupture or leak before it causes harm

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