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PHMSA announces gas pipeline reform notice

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World Pipelines,

PHMSA is proposing a number of amendments to modernise federal pipeline safety regulations that would reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens consistent with E.O. 13771, 13777 and 13783.

PHMSA considered public comments on DOT notices on regulatory reform, petitions for rulemaking, and PHMSA’s own review of existing regulations to identify areas where the agency could provide regulatory relief without adversely impacting public safety or environmental protection.

PHMSA has quantified annualised cost savings of US$129.4 million per year (7% discount rate), primarily from the provisions regarding farm taps and atmospheric corrosion assessments of distribution service lines.

PHMSA looks forward to reviewing comments on the proposal and will closely keep them in mind while determining the final rule. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been transmitted to the Federal Register and a publication date will be provided when it is available.

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