The Transitional Years

PHMSA Final Rule on Public Awareness

Final Rule for all Operators - May 2005

In May 2005, PHMSA revised 49 CFR Parts 192.616 and 195.440 to incorporate by reference RP 1162. Operators are permitted to deviate from the recommended practices, but must provide justification in the program for why compliance with provisions of API RP 1162 is not practicable and not necessary for safety. Many of the PSIA 2002 requirements are listed separately in the regulations. Operators should ensure that all stakeholders identified in the regulations are included in a stakeholder audience within the public awareness program. The effective date of the Final Rule required operators to complete API RP 1162-style programs by June 20, 2006.

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