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Inflation-Adjusted Penalties

PHMSA is publishing an Interim Final Rule to revise references in its regulations to the maximum civil penalties for violations of the Federal Pipeline Safety Laws, or any PHMSA regulation or order issued thereunder, to account for changes in inflation. These adjusted penalties will apply to violations occurring on or after the effective date of August 1, 2016. This only applies to penalties prospectively and does not retrospectively change any civil penalties previously assessed or enforced. The revised penalties are shown as follows:

Starting in January 2017, PHMSA is required to publish in the Federal Register annual inflation adjustments for each penalty levied under 49 U.S.C. 60101, et seq., and do so no later than January 15 of each year.