March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

Government

Liquid Pipeline Safety Proposal Criticized from All Sides

Reaction to the PHMSA’s proposed rule (NPRM) to tighten liquid pipeline safety regulations has run along predictable lines. The pipelines think the proposal is too expansive and expensive. The environmental community and some notable safety experts believe the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) should have gone further. “We are greatly frustrated by the NPRM’s many deficiencies,” said Lois Epstein, Arctic program director at The Wilderness Society. “Our organizations are concerned that this very long rulemaking process did not produce a more substantial regulatory product.” Epstein submitted comments on behalf of several environmental groups. Susan Ginsberg, vic

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