Type of Notification
regular notification
Date of Distribution
2018.08.21
WTO Country
Agency Responsible
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Department of Transportation (DOT) [1411]
Regions Affected
Please submit comments to: USA WTO TBT Enquiry Point, Email: usatbtep@nist.gov
Notified Document Details
<p style="margin:2px !important;">Pipeline Safety: Class Location Change Requirements</p>
ICS Code
Covered Products
<p style="margin:2px !important;">Natural gas transmission pipelines</p>
Description of Content

PHMSA is seeking public comment on its existing class location requirements for natural gas transmission pipelines as they pertain to actions operators are required to take following class location changes due to population growth near the pipeline. Operators have suggested that performing integrity management measures on pipelines where class locations have changed due to population increases would be an equally safe but less costly alternative to the current requirements of either reducing pressure, pressure testing, or replacing pipe. This request for public comment continues a line of discussion from a Notice of Inquiry published in 2013 and a report to Congress in 2016 regarding whether expanding integrity management requirements would mitigate the need for class location requirements.

Relevant Documents

83 Federal Register (FR) 36861, 31 July 2018; Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 192.  Will appear in the Federal Register when adopted.

Final Date of Comments
2018.10.01
Document Online Link (EN)
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