In This Issue

Updates to Pipeline Safety Rules – RSPA to PHMSA

In accordance with the Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Improvement Act, which reorganized the Department’s pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs into the new Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), all references to the former Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) in 49 CFR parts 190 through 199 have been changed effective March 8, 2005 to reflect the creation of PHMSA. The revisions also update the Office of Pipeline Safety’s internet and mailing addresses, docket procedures, titles, section numbers, penalty considerations and cap adjustments, terminology, and other changes conforming part 190 with the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002. The amendments made by this rule reflect the changed organizational posture of the agency and update the part 190 enforcement procedures to reflect current public law. This rule does not impose any new operating requirements on pipeline owners and operators.