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Pipeline Safety: Meeting of the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee

[Docket No. PHMSA-2022-0077]

On August 17, 2022, the LPAC will meet virtually from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET to discuss the IFR titled: “Unusually Sensitive Areas for the Great Lakes, Coastal Beaches, and Certain Coastal Waters” that PHMSA published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2021, (86 FR 73173).  The LPAC will review the IFR and its associated regulatory analyses (including, but not limited to, the cost-benefit and risk assessment analyses within the IFR and the regulatory impact analysis; the environmental assessment; and other materials pertaining to the IFR provided in the public docket under PHMSA-2017-0152).  Following the meeting, PHMSA will publish a final rule that addresses the comments received and relevant information from the LPAC meeting report.

In the IFR, PHMSA amended the pipeline safety regulations in 49 CFR Part 195 to explicitly state that certain coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and coastal beaches are classified as unusually sensitive areas for the purpose of compliance with the hazardous liquid integrity management regulations. The amendment implemented mandates contained in the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016, as amended by the PIPES Act of 2020. Under the IFR, a hazardous liquid pipeline that could affect these newly designated areas would have been included in an operator’s integrity management program. PHMSA requested public comments with a submission deadline of February 25, 2022. PHMSA received four comments on the IFR.

PHMSA will provide members of the public with opportunities to make a statement during this meeting.  Public comments on the proceedings of the LPAC meeting must be submitted by September 19, 2022.  Additionally, PHMSA will record the meeting and post a record to the public docket. PHMSA will post additional details on the meeting website in advance of the meeting.  PHMSA is not always able to publish a notice in the Federal Register quickly enough to provide timely notice regarding last-minute issues that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting. Therefore, individuals should check the meeting website or contact Tewabe Asebe by phone at 202-366-5523 or by email at tewabe.asebe@dot.gov regarding any possible changes.

The meeting will be held virtually. The agenda and any additional information, including information on how to participate in the virtual meeting, will be published on the meeting website. Presentations will be available on the meeting website and on https://www.regulations.gov/, in docket number PHMSA-2022-0077 no later than 30 days following the meeting.