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Pipeline Advisory Committees

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has two pipeline safety advisory committees mandated by law.  Section 60115 of Title 49, United States Code, requires the establishment and prescribes the duties of the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC), informally known as the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) and the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC), informally referred to as the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC). 

Role of the Committees
The GPAC and LPAC review PHMSA’s proposed regulatory initiatives to assure the technical feasibility, reasonableness, cost-effectiveness and practicability of each proposal. The committees also evaluate the cost-benefit analysis and risk assessment information of the proposals. Each committee has 15 members with equal representation from government, industry, and the public.
Upcoming Meetings
There are currently no committee meetings scheduled. A meeting notice is published in the Federal Register prior to each meeting.
Federal Agency Responsibility
These committees are chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C § 9 (c) (App 2). The charters describe each committee's mission, goals, and objectives as specified by the FACA. The FACA governs advisory committee activities, and requires the Department to review the pipeline technical advisory committee charters every two years to determine the need for continuing the committees. The Secretary of Transportation and the General Services Administration (GSA) must approve each charter. For more information on the requirements of the FACA, contact GSA's Committee Management Secretariat.
Appointing Committee Members
Each pipeline safety advisory committee has 15 members - with equal representation from Government, industry, and the public. Members' qualifications must include: (1) knowledge of the Pipeline Safety Regulations addressing transportation of hazardous liquids or natural gas, and experience with operating pipeline facilities; or, (2) technical training, experience, or knowledge in at least one field of engineering applicable to the safe operations of pipeline facilities. The charter includes a description of the composition and duties delineated in current legislation 49 U.S.C. § 60115.
Historic Advisory Committee Meeting Transcripts
Past Advisory Committee meeting supplemental information, including transcripts, can be found at http://www.Regulations.gov under the following docket numbers:
PHMSA-RSPA-1998-4470
PHMSA-2009-0203
PHMSA-2011-0127
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