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U.S. Department of Transportation to Host July 13 Public Workshop on the Pipeline Safety Act of 2011


Washington, DC, Jun 25, 2012

The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced that it will host a public workshop to discuss implementation challenges with Section 24 of the recently passed Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011.

The workshop will be held on Friday, July 13, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern, at the U.S. Department of Transportation's West Building Oklahoma Room at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, in Washington, DC. A webcast option will also be available; details will be posted on the PHMSA website during the week of July 9.

To register, please e-mail jewel.smith.ctr@dot.gov with the subject, "Registration for IBR Requirements of Section 24 Workshop." Indicate whether you intend to participate in-person or via the webcast.

Per Section 24, within one year of enactment (January 2013), PHMSA will be required to cease the incorporation of voluntary consensus standards by reference into its regulations unless those standards have been made publicly and freely available on the Internet.

The workshop will provide interested persons with an opportunity to participate in discussions concerning the legal, financial, policy, practical, and other challenges with implementing Section 24.

The public workshop will include an overview of the issue in the morning, and panel discussions by various experts and stakeholders who are affected by regulations promulgated by PHMSA. After the discussion, time will be allotted for the general public to speak.

All speaking requests must include a description of what will be said, contact information, and the subject/attention line: “Implementing Incorporation by Reference (IBR) Requirements of Section 24.” Each participant will be allotted five minutes to speak.

Written comments will also be accepted, and should reference Docket No. PHMSA-2012-0142.

More details are available in the June 21, 2012, Federal Register notice issued by the agency.

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