April 2012, Vol. 239 No. 4

Features

Potential Impact Of New Pipeline Safety Laws On PHMSAs Regulatory Initiatives

On Jan. 3, President Obama signed the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (2011 Act) (H.R. 2845, Public Law 112-90, 125 Stat. 1904). The 2011 Act significantly amended existing pipeline safety laws and authorized the appropriation of funds to support the pipeline safety activities of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) through 2015. Many of the amendments were in response to high-profile pipeline accidents in 2010 and early 2011 that caused Congress to conclude that tougher requirements are or may be needed to ensure the safety of the nation’s 2.4 million miles of pipeline infrastructure. In July 2010, a hazardous li

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