PHMSA Final Rule Ushers In Safety Requirements

Law360, New York (June 6, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- On June 3, 2008, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a final rule requiring operators of previously unregulated rural onshore hazardous liquid lines and rural large-diameter low-stress hazardous liquid pipelines to comply with a host of new safety requirements.

The new regulations become effective on July 3, 2008, and establish various timeframes for pipeline operators to comply with the new regulatory requirements.

Background

In September 2006, PHMSA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend certain “threat-based” hazardous liquid pipeline safety regulations to...
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