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PHMSA Issues Final Rule Establishing Process for Evaluating State Excavation Damage Prevention Programs

Prepared for the Katten Safety Advisory Group
Advisory | July 20, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued its final rule establishing the process for evaluating State excavation damage prevention programs and enforcing Federal standards in States where such requirements are inadequate. The rule was passed pursuant to the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement, and Safety (PIPES) Act of 2006, which requires PHMSA to determine whether a State's enforcement of its excavation damage prevention laws is adequate before PHMSA can conduct an enforcement proceeding against an excavator for violating Federal excavation standards...

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