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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AE94 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Pipeline Safety: Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery, Accident and Incident Notification, and Other Changes (RRR) 

PHMSA is amending the pipeline safety regulations to address requirements of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (2011 Act), and to update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. Under the 2011 Act, PHMSA is adding a specific time frame for telephonic or electronic notifications of accidents and incidents and adding provisions for cost recovery for design reviews of certain new projects. Among other provisions, PHMSA is adding a procedure for renewal of expiring special permits, and for submitters of information requesting PHMSA to keep some information confidential. In addition, PHMSA is amending the operator qualification (OQ) requirements, drug and alcohol testing requirements, and incorporating consensus standards by reference for in-line inspection (ILI) and Stress Corrosion Cracking Direct Assessment (SCCDA).

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 192    49 CFR 195   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 60101 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Sec 9 (a)-(b) 2011 PSA  07/03/2013 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/10/2015  80 FR 39916   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/08/2015 
Final Rule  12/00/2016 
Additional Information: SB-Y IC-N SLT-N;
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
John A. Gale
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-0434