March 2017, Vol. 244, No. 3



PHMSA Makes Some Positive Changes in Final Safety Rule The Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) made several changes in pipeline safety laws in a final rule covering several provisions in the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011. Key provisions dealt with the timeframe for notification of accidents or incidents and new fees companies would pay PHMSA for its design review work on projects totaling over $2.5 billion or which use new or novel technologies. PHMSA made some changes in the final rule in response to industry concerns but in some cases ignored industry entreaties. The new requirements are effective March 24. A spokeswoman

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