[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 212 (Friday, October 31, 2008)]
[Pages 65034-65035]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-26061]



Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-RSPA-1998-4470]

Pipeline Safety: Meetings of the Technical Pipeline Safety 
Standards Committee and Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety 
Standards Committee

AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), 

ACTION: Notice of advisory committee meetings.


SUMMARY: This notice announces public meetings of the Technical 

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Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) and of the Technical Hazardous 
Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC).
    The committees will meet to discuss two important regulatory 
proposals and several future regulatory initiatives.

DATES: The meetings will be on December 11 and 12, 2008. The TPSSC and 
the THLPSSC will meet jointly on Thursday, December 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 
p.m., and the TPSSC will meet on Friday, December 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 
p.m. EST.
    Name badge pick-up and on-site registration will be available on 
December 11 starting at 8 a.m. with the agenda taking place from 9 a.m. 
until approximately 5 p.m. Refer to the meetings Web site for updated 
agenda and times at: http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/Mtg56.mtg.
    Please note that the meetings will not be Web casted. However, 
presentations will be available on the meetings website within 30 days 
following the meetings.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will take place at the Westin Arlington 
Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203. The phone numbers 
for reservation are 1-888-627-7076 or (703) 717-6200. Rooms are 
reserved at the hotel under USDOT Technical Advisory Committee 
meetings. For a guaranteed room at the hotel, attendees need to make 
their reservations no later than November 10, 2008. Priority is given 
to Committee members and to State Pipeline Safety Representatives. Any 
additional information or changes as well as a more detailed agenda 
will be posted on the PHMSA/OPS Web page about 15 days before the 
meetings take place at: http://PHMSA.dot.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Whetsel by phone at 202-366-
4431 or by e-mail at [email protected] or Kay McIver by phone at 
202 366-0113 or by e-mail at [email protected].


I. Meeting Details

    PHMSA's Technical Advisory Committee meetings are open to the 
public. If time permits, individuals may make a brief statement. 
Members of the public interested in making a statement are encouraged 
to contact one of the individuals listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT by November 24, 2008.

Privacy Act Statement

    Anyone may search the electronic form of comments received in 
response to any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting 
the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an 
association, business, labor union, etc.). DOT's complete Privacy Act 
Statement was published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2000 (65 
FR 19477).

Information on Services for Individuals With Disabilities

    For information on facilities or services for individuals with 
disabilities, or to seek special assistance at the meetings, please 
contact Kay McIver at 202 366-0113 by November 24, 2008.

II. Committee Background

    The TPSSC and THLPSSC are statutorily mandated advisory committees 
that advise PHMSA on proposed safety standards, risks assessments, and 
safety policies for natural gas pipelines and for hazardous liquid 
pipelines. Both committees were established under the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App. 1) and the pipeline safety 
law (49 U.S.C. Chap. 601). Each committee consists of 15 members--with 
membership evenly divided among the Federal and State government, the 
regulated industry, and the public. The committees advise PHMSA on 
technical feasibility, practicability, and cost-effectiveness of each 
proposed pipeline safety standard.

III. Agenda

    The agenda for the meetings will include discussions of comments 
received for two notices of proposed rulemakings, and to present to the 
Committees for a final rule vote on these two proposed rules. The two 
proposed rules for presentation are:
     Control Room Management/Human Factors--on December 11th, a 
proposal to revise the Federal pipeline safety regulations to address 
human factors and other components of control room management; and
     Integrity Management Program for Gas Distribution 
Pipelines--on December 12th, a proposal to amend the Federal pipeline 
safety regulations to require operators of gas distribution pipelines 
to develop and implement integrity management (IM) programs.

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 60102, 60115; 60118.

    Issued in Washington, DC on October 27, 2008.
Jeffrey D. Wiese,
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. E8-26061 Filed 10-30-08; 8:45 am]