US Federal Register introduces new pipeline standards

The US Federal Register has released three new pipeline safety rules to enhance and modernise federal pipeline safety standards.

The new federal standards will enhance the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) authority to issue temporary emergency orders alongside improving safety standards nationally.

The three new standards for upgrading pipeline safety include: Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: MAOP Reconfirmation, Expansion of Assessment Requirements, and Other Related Amendments; Enhanced Emergency Order Procedures; and Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines.

The Safety of Gas Transmissions Pipelines: MAOP Reconfirmation, Expansion of Assessment Requirements, and Other Related Amendments standard addresses integrity management requirements by focusing on the actions an operator must take, as well as considering the periodic assessment of pipelines in populated areas not designated as “high consequence areas”. 

The effective date of this standard is 1 July 2020.

The Enhanced Emergency Order Procedures safety standard was published as an interim final rule in 2016 and has now been adopted to establish regulation procedures for the issuance of emergency orders.

This will address any unsafe conditions or practices that constitute or cause an imminent hazard to public health and safety or the environment and will be effective 2 December 2019.

Lastly, the Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines standard targets improving the safety of pipelines transporting hazardous liquids and clarifying the regulations of the PIPES Act of 2016 to improve regulatory certainty and compliance.

The effective date of this final rule is 1 July 2020. 

For more information visit the Federal Register website

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