PHMSA Seeks Public Comments on Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Regulation

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is seeking comments on its report called “Background for Regulating the Transportation of Carbon Dioxide in a Gaseous State,” which the public can find in the docket at PHMSA-2016-0049.

As stated in section 15 of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011, PHMSA is required to set minimum pipeline safety standards for the transportation of carbon dioxide in a gaseous state.

Because PHMSA does not currently regulate pipelines that carry carbon dioxide, it has limited ability to reach out and locate operators of gaseous carbon dioxide pipelines and is uncertain if its current information is comprehensive.

PHMSA encourages comments on its report in order to better understand the possible effects of the regulatory scenarios presented within the report, as well as where carbon dioxide pipelines are located. The public will be able to comment for 30 days, the period ending July 27.

Visit the Federal Register to learn more about how to submit comments.

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