[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 166 (Monday, August 27, 2012)]
[Pages 51848-51849]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20935]



Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-2012-0215]

Pipeline Safety: Information Collection Activities

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

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA 
invites comments on two information collections that we will be 
submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal. 
The information collections relate to the program for Control Room 
Management/Human Factors and the Integrity Management Program for Gas 
Distribution Pipelines.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
October 26, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted in the following ways:
    E-Gov Web Site: http://www.regulations.gov. This site allows the 
public to enter comments on any Federal Register notice issued by any 
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation 
(DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery: Room W12-140 on the ground level of DOT, West 
Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. 
and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: Identify the docket number, PHMSA-2012-0215, at the 
beginning of your comments. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided. You should know that anyone is able to 
search the electronic form of all comments

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received into 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.). Therefore, you may 
want to review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal 
Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477) or visit http://www.regulations.gov before submitting any such comments.
    Docket: For access to the docket or to read background documents or 
comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or to Room W12-
140 on the ground level of DOT, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt 
of your written comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped 
postcard with the following statement: ``Comments on PHMSA-2012-0215.'' 
The Docket Clerk will date stamp the postcard prior to returning it to 
you via the U.S. mail. Please note that due to delays in the delivery 
of U.S. mail to Federal offices in Washington, DC, we recommend that 
persons consider an alternative method (internet, fax, or professional 
delivery service) of submitting comments to the docket and ensuring 
their timely receipt at DOT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Dow by telephone at 202-366-
1246, by fax at 202-366-4566, or by mail at DOT, PHMSA, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., PHP-30, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1320.8(d), Title 5, Code of Federal 
Regulations, requires PHMSA to provide interested members of the public 
and affected agencies an opportunity to comment on information 
collection and recordkeeping requests. This notice identifies an 
information collection request that PHMSA will be submitting to OMB for 
renewal. The following information is provided for that information 
collection: (1) Title of the information collection; (2) OMB control 
number; (3) Current expiration date; (4) Type of request; (5) Abstract 
of the information collection activity; (6) Description of affected 
public; (7) Estimate of total annual reporting and recordkeeping 
burden; and (8) Frequency of collection. PHMSA will request a three-
year term of approval for the information collection activity. PHMSA 
requests comments on the following information collections:
    Title: Pipeline Safety: Control Room Management/Human Factors.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0624.
    Current Expiration Date: 1/31/2013.
    Abstract: 49 CFR 192.631 and 195.446 address human factors and 
other components of control room management. These regulations require 
operators of hazardous liquid pipelines and gas pipelines to develop 
and implement a human factors management plan designed to reduce risk 
associated with human factors in each control room.
    Affected Public: Private sector; Operators of both natural gas and 
hazardous liquid pipeline systems.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Total Annual Responses: 2,702.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,018,807.
    Frequency of Collection: On Occasion.
    Title: Integrity Management Program for Gas Distribution Pipelines.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0625.
    Current Expiration Date: 1/31/2013.
    Abstract: The Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations in 49 CFR, Part 
192, Subpart P require operators of gas distribution pipelines to 
develop and implement integrity management (IM) programs. The purpose 
of these programs is to enhance safety by identifying and reducing 
pipeline integrity risks. PHMSA requires that operators maintain 
records demonstrating compliance with these requirements for 10 years, 
and that these records must include superseded IM plans.
    Affected Public: Operators of gas distribution pipeline systems.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Total Annual Responses: 9,343.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 865,178.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Comments are invited on:
    (a) The need for the proposed collection of information for the 
proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether 
the information will have practical utility;
    (b) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 21, 2012.
John A. Gale,
Director, Office of Standards and Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2012-20935 Filed 8-24-12; 8:45 am]