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DOT Develops Online Code of Federal Regulations Mobile App

In today’s mobile society, quick information access via mobile applications (app) has become the norm. In the transportation world that could include apps for airline flight schedules and mass transit routes. The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) just rolled out an online Code of Federal Regulations (oCFR) mobile app to both its hazardous materials and pipeline safety regulations. This easy access to current U.S. DOT regulations by the general public, transportation stakeholders and emergency first responders will help advance the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives.

The oCFR mobile app is a simplified version of the web-based application which was released to the public in March of 2016. The oCFR app was released to both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store for use on iOS and Android mobile devices.

The new oCFR app provides the first-ever mobile access to search, view and navigate PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Regulations in 49 CFR parts 100-180 for the classifying, handling and packaging of hazardous materials by highway, rail, aircraft, and vessel. This oCFR app also provides the first-ever mobile access to PHMSA’s Pipeline Safety Regulations in 49 CFR parts 190-199, which provide the federal minimum safety standards for the design, construction, operation and maintenance, and spill response planning for pipeline and liquefied natural gas facilities involved in the transportation of natural gas and hazardous liquids within the United States. The mobile app is also unique because it allows users to navigate regulations at both the paragraph level.

For more information on the new oCFR mobile app, or how PHMSA develops and enforces regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the nation’s 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly one million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air, visit http://phmsa.dot.gov or https://twitter.com/PHMSA_DOT.

DOT Issues Nearly $2.5 Million in Grants to State Entities, Local Communities, and Non-Profit Organizations to Spur Involvement in Pipeline Safety Efforts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced today that it is issuing $2,488,497 in grants to state entities, local communities, and non-profit organizations to address pipeline safety challenges related to damage prevention and to promote more involvement in local pipeline safety initiatives and awareness efforts.  The grants are being awarded to governmental entities and organizations spread across 24 states...

News Digest DOT 54-17

DOT Develops New Online Code of Federal Regulations Mobile Application.  In its continuing efforts to improve safety and public access to the latest transportation regulations, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today made available a new online Code of Federal Regulations (oCFR) mobile application.  The oCFR mobile application is a simplified version of the web-based application which was released to...

News Digest DOT 122-16

PHMSA Clarifies Policy Removing PG II Designation for Organic Peroxides and Self-Reactive Substances. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued a guidance memorandum clarifying the agency’s final rule from June 2, 2016, which removed the packing group (PG) II designation for Organic Peroxides, and Self-Reactive Substances in the Hazardous Materials Table (HMT). The memo explains that, effective...

PHMSA Issues Interim Final Rule To Implement Expanded Authority to Issue Emergency Orders, Improve Pipeline Safety

 
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued an Interim Final Rule (“IFR”) to implement the agency’s expanded authority to address unsafe pipeline conditions or practices that pose an imminent hazard to life, property, or the environment. The regulations adopt a provision of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act), that allows the agency to impose...

DOT Announces over $20 Million in Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grants to States, Territories, and Tribes

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced it is issuing $20.4 million in Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants to states, territories, and Native American tribes to enhance their ability to respond to hazardous materials transportation incidents. The grants allow emergency response personnel to maintain the safety of themselves and the public when responding to hazardous materials...

News Digest DOT 100-16

FTA Launches National Online Dialogue to Seek Ideas for 5-Year Research Strategic PlanThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has launched an online dialogue to inform the agency on how it should position its research program to be forward-thinking to advance access and mobility nationwide. FTA’s 5-Year Research Strategic Plan Online Dialogue, which runs...

DOT Announces New Hazardous Materials Safety Grant

FAST Act authorizes hazardous materials training grant
WASHINGTONThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced $1 million in grant funding for training and outreach programs to help local communities prepare for transportation incidents involving hazardous materials, including crude oil and ethanol. The new grant program was created by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (...

Accident/Incident Reporting Time; Cost Recovery; Operator Qualification; Plastic Pipe Among Topics to be Discussed at Upcoming Pipeline Safety Advisory Committee Meetings

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration today announced that it will hold meetings with its Pipeline Advisory Committees from June 1-3, 2016 to consider and vote on proposed rulemakings that, if implemented, would strengthen federal pipeline safety programs.  The meetings will be held in the Washington, DC area and will be open to the public.
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PHMSA Extends Comment Period for New Safety Regulations for Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines

 WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced that it will extend the comment period on the proposed natural gas transmission rule by 30 days. The proposed regulations would update critical safety requirements for natural gas transmission pipelines and would both adapt and expand risk-based safety practices to pipelines located in areas where incidents could have serious consequences.  The proposed regulations would...