October 2018, Vol. 245, No. 10

Government

Government

Regulator Reconsiders Class Location Method  Federal regulators are taking another look at the pipeline industry’s request to essentially eliminate the class location method for assessing the need for pipe replacement and replace it by expanding integrity rules beyond high consequence areas (HCA).  The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) at the end of August to that effect, but the notice appeared to indicate that the PHMSA under President Trump might not be any more sympathetic to the pipelines than PHMSA under President Obama. The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) has been pressing

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