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Pipeline Safety: Standards for Direct Assessment of Gas and Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

[Docket No. RSPA–04–16855; Amdt.192–101 and 195–85]

Under current regulations governing integrity management of gas transmission lines, if an operator uses direct assessment to evaluate corrosion risks, it must carry out the direct assessment according to PHMSA standards.

In response to a statutory directive, OPS has issued a final rule prescribing similar standards operators must meet when they use direct assessment on certain other onshore gas, hazardous liquid, and carbon dioxide pipelines. Broader application of direct assessment standards will enhance public confidence in the use of direct assessment to assure pipeline safety.

This Final Rule takes effect November 25, 2005. Incorporation by reference of NACE Standard RP0502–2002 in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of November 25, 2005.

For further information contact: L.M. Furrow by phone at 202–366–4559, by fax at 202–366–4566, by mail at U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, D.C. 20590, or by e-mail at For a copy of the entire federal register publication, contact Jessica Roger at