March 2012, Vol. 239 No. 3

Government

PHMSA Considering Additional Pipeline Safety Changes

With Congress having passed a pipeline safety bill last December, you’d think the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has plenty to do implementing that law during 2012. And that is true. But if you thought that meant that PHMSA has stopped considering any additional, pipeline safety changes it can make administratively, without congressional approval, you’d be wrong. The agency says it has every intention of moving forward with some of the pipeline safety changes it broached in an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) the agency published last August. The comment period closed on January 20, 2012. Paul J. Metro, chief, Gas Safety

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