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Compliance Guide Update Service December 2016

 

December 13, 2016

 

Department Of Transportation

 

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0065] Pipeline Safety: High Consequence Area Identification Methods for Gas Transmission Pipelines

 

Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); DOT.

 

Action: Notice; Issuance of Advisory Bulletin.

 

Summary: PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to remind gas transmission pipeline operators of certain previously issued guidance and provide operators with additional guidance for the identification of High Consequence Areas (HCAs) along pipeline right-of-ways. This advisory bulletin provides suggestions for accurately mapping and integrating HCA data, documenting how mapping systems are used, periodically verifying and updating their mapping systems, utilizing buffer zones (tolerances) to provide additional protection around the calculated potential impact radius (PIR) along their pipelines, and ensuring the accuracy of class locations. The bulletin emphasizes that HCA identification relies on pipeline-specific information regarding the location, size, and operating characteristics of the line, as well as the identification of structures, specified sites, and their intended usage along the pipeline right of way.

 

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December 13, 2016

 

Department Of Transportation

 

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0078; Notice No. 2016–14] Hazardous Materials: Use of DOT Specification 39 Cylinders for Liquefied Flammable Compressed Gas AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT.

 

Action: Safety advisory notice.

 

Summary: PHMSA is issuing this safety advisory notice to inform offerors and users of DOT Specification 39 (DOT–39) cylinders that DOT–39 cylinders with an internal volume exceeding 75 cubic inches (in3) (1.23 L) should not be filled with liquefied flammable compressed gas. PHMSA maintains filling or transporting DOT–39 cylinders with an internal volume exceeding 75 in3 (1.23 L) is not safe.

 

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December 5, 2016

 

Department Of Transportation

 

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration FR 81 87510-87529   49 CFR Parts 172 and 175 Hazardous Materials: Notification of the Pilot-in-Command and Response to Air Related  Petitions for Rulemaking Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

 

Summary: In consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), PHMSA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to align with current international standards for the air transportation of hazardous materials. The proposals in this rule would amend certain special provisions, packaging requirements, notification of pilot-in-command (NOTOC) requirements, and exceptions or passengers and crew members. In addition to harmonization with international standards, several of the proposals in this rule are responsive to petitions for rulemaking submitted by the regulated community. PHMSA invites all interested persons to provide comments regarding these proposed revisions. 

 

Dates: Comments must be received by February 3, 2017

 

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