With the passing of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act of 2016) in June, and the new deadlines and requirements placed on PHMSA, there have been a handful of pipeline safety rules and policies released by PHMSA over the past few weeks. We wanted to give you a one stop shop to read up on each of these rules. Find a short summary of each below as well as a link to PHMSA's released statement.
Enhanced Emergency Order Interim Final Rule
The Interim Final Rule (IFR) published October 3, 2016, establishes PHMSA’s emergency order authority in accordance with the PIPES Act of 2016. The emergency order authority grants PHMSA the ability to quickly act on pipeline industry safety concerns and augments the agency’s enforcement authority. Find PHMSA's statement here.
EFV Final Rule
The final rule, published October 7, 2016, for excess flow valves (EFVs) pertains to distribution lines. The rule requires EFVs on new or replaced branched lines servicing single-family residences, multifamily residences, and commercial entities with volumes less than 1,000 standard cubic feet per hour (SCFH). It also requires curb valves for service lines greater than 1,000 SCFH. Additionally, operators are required to notify customers of their right to have EFVs installed. Find PHMSA's statement here.
Pipeline Civil Penalty System
The Pipeline Civil Penalty Policy, published October 11, 2016, increases fines and details the assessment structure for fine amounts. Find PHMSA's statement here.
We expect to continue to see this movement as PHMSA has additional required rulemakings forthcoming. Follow Integrity Plus on LinkedIn and Twitter to stay up to date with PHMSA’s activities. As always, our compliance team is here to discuss these new rules and policies and how they might affect your operations, don't hesitate to .