DOT Pipeline Compliance News

December 2020 Issue

In This Issue

PHMSA Drug & Alcohol Management Information System CY 2021

[Docket No. PHMSA–2020–0135]

PHMSA has determined that the minimum random drug testing rate for covered employees will remain at 50 percent during calendar year 2021.  The notice also reminds operators to report contractor management information system data using PHMSA supplemental instructions, and the method operators should use to obtain a user name and password for electronic reporting.  The notice also reminds operators that drug and alcohol testing information must be submitted for contractors who are performing or are ready to perform covered functions.  The effective date of this notice is January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021.

Florida Update: Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety

Florida has updated the state’s damage prevention regulations with enhanced enforcement provisions. Civil penalties have increased for certain violations and additional enforcement review will be conducted each year by the Sunshine State One-Call of Florida, Inc. To view Florida’s revised State Damage Prevention Regulation, click here.

Job Opening – INGAA, Director of Pipeline Safety

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) is recruiting for a new Director of Pipeline Safety after the recent announcement of Christopher “C.J.” Osman as its new Vice President of Government Affairs.

The Director of Pipeline Safety will be responsible for leading all aspects of INGAA’s pipeline safety policy and advocacy effort. The director’s primary focus area will be advocating the association’s positions regarding PHMSA regulations. Additional information and the full job posting can be found on LinkedIn. For immediate consideration, please send your resume/CV and cover letter to

Regulator & Meter Station MAOP Field Validation

RCP’s MAOP validation includes field data collection, historical document review, producing standard drawings, and uploading station data to MaxOp, the industry-leading MAOP confirmation and reporting application.

For each site, RCP takes photos and measurements of all above ground piping and components. Pressure ratings of components are confirmed where available. Ultrasonic readings are taken to confirm wall thicknesses of pipes and fittings. MAOP documentation review includes data gathering and comprehensive analysis of historical documents as well as newly available information from the field collection. RCP utilizes MaxOp to validate the MAOP of each station based on gathered data.  Finally, we deliver a comprehensive report, which includes detailed photos of the site, up-to-date station drawings, bill-of-materials, installation history, highlighted MAOP issues and recommended remediations. 

To learn more about these and other services RCP has to offer, go to or contact us directly at

Season’s Greetings from RCP!
RCP would like to thank our valued clients and all of you really cool people for the opportunities you have given us to serve as your Professional Engineers, Regulatory Experts, and Trusted Partners. We look forward to working with you on even more projects in the years ahead. Best wishes for the holiday season and the New Year, from your friends at RCP.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss our services with you.


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W. R. (Bill) Byrd, PE
RCP Inc.