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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AF16 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Pipeline Safety: Inflation Adjustment of Maximum Civil Penalties 
Abstract: PHMSA is increasing the maximum civil penalties for any person who is determined to have violated a provision of 49 U.S.C. 60101 et seq., or any regulation or order issued thereunder to a civil penalty not to exceed $206,000 for each violation for each day and to $2,060,000 for any related series of violations. In addition to the above penalties, the penalty for any person who is determined to have violated any standard or order under 49 U.S.C. 60103 or 60111 (liquefied natural gas pipeline facilities) is increased to not more than $51,500 for each violation. The maximum penalty for any person who is determined to have violated a standard or order under 49 U.S. C. 60129 is increased to a civil penalty of not more than $1,030 for each violation, which may be in addition to other penalties to which such a person may be subject under paragraph(a) of this section. These adjustments are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015. 
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 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 190   
Legal Authority: The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  An interim final rule must be published by June 1, 2016, and the rule must be effective by July 1, 2016.  06/01/2016 
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  06/30/2016  81 FR 42564   
Final Action  02/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ashlin Bollacker
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-4203
Email: ashlin.bollacker@dot.gov