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PHMSA Inflation Adjustment of Maximum Civil Penalties

[Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0010; Amdt. No. 190-17]

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is revising references in its regulations to the maximum civil penalties for violations of Federal pipeline safety laws, or any PHMSA regulations or orders issued thereunder. Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which further amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, Federal agencies are required to adjust their civil monetary penalties effective January 15, 2017, and annually thereafter, to account for changes in inflation.

The revised penalties are as follows: From $205,638 to $209,002 for each violation for each day the violation continues, with a maximum penalty not to exceed $2,090,022 for a related series of violations. And from $75,123 to $76,352 for an administrative civil penalty, which may be in addition to other penalties assessed under 49 USC 60101, et seq.

The effective date of this final rule is April 27, 2017. For a copy of this inflation adjustment notice, contact Jessica Foley .