[Docket No. PHMSA-98-4470]
PHMSA’s Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) will have a public meeting (via teleconference) on Thursday, August 24, 2006, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST) to vote on a proposed rule requiring pipeline operators to consider internal corrosion when designing and constructing new and replaced gas transmission pipelines.
On December 15, 2005, PHMSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register (70 FR 74262) on the control of internal corrosion when designing and constructing new and replaced gas transmission pipelines. PHMSA’s pipeline safety regulations now require operators to have operation and maintenance practices to control internal corrosion. The NPRM proposed to require operators to address the risk of internal corrosion at a much earlier stage; namely when designing and constructing new and replaced gas transmission pipelines.
PHMSA presented the NPRM to the TPSSC at a meeting on June 28, 2006. Members expressed concern about the enforceability of the NPRM and the extent of its recordkeeping requirements. The TPSSC requested postponement of consideration of the NPRM and additional information before a vote on it. The TPSSC will be voting on the reasonableness, cost-effectiveness, and practicability of the NPRM at the meeting scheduled in this notice. PHMSA will provide additional information to the members prior to the meeting. PHMSA will issue a final rule based on the proposed rule, the comments received from the public, and the vote and comments of the advisory committee.
Members of the public may participate and make short statements on the topics under discussion. Anyone wishing to make an oral statement should notify Cheryl Whetsel at (202) 366-4431, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 21 of the topic and the length of the presentation. The presiding officer at the meeting may deny any request to present an oral statement and may limit the time of any presentation. PHMSA will post any additional information or changes on its Web page (http://phmsa.dot.gov).