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DOT Final Rule Revisions to Civil Penalty Amounts

[RIN No. 2105-AE80]

In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015, this final rule provides the 2019 inflation adjustment to civil penalty amounts that may be imposed for violations of certain DOT regulations. PHMSA’s 2019 civil penalty adjustments are summarized in the chart below (49 CFR Part 190 Administrative practice and procedure, penalties, pipeline safety).

Maximum Penalty for: Existing PenaltyNew Penalty
Hazardous materials violation $79,976$81,993
Hazardous materials violation that results in death, serious illness/injury or substantial destruction of property$186,610$191,316
Hazardous materials training violations$481$493
Each pipeline safety violation$213,268$218,647
A related series of pipeline safety violations$2,132,679$2,186,465
LNG pipeline safety violation$77,910$79,875
Discrimination against employees providing pipeline safety information$1,239$1,270

This Final Rule is effective July 31, 2019. For a copy of the Notice from the Federal Register regarding these Civil Penalty adjustments, contact Jessica Foley.

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