May 2015, Vol 242, No. 5

Government

PHMSA Wants to Extend New Integrity Verification Program to Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

Hazardous liquid pipelines are unhappy with how the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) wants to implement a provision of the 2011 pipeline safety law requiring companies to go back and test old steel pipelines for integrity. Section 23 of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 requires DOT to issue regulations for testing of previously untested natural gas transmission lines located in high-consequence areas and operating at a pressure greater than 30% of specified minimum yield strength. The Act set a deadline of July 3, 2013 by which DOT was to issue rules. PHMSA is supposed to publish a final rule this year for

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