On August 12, 2013, the President signed H.R. 2576  into law, which revises and relaxes the Pipeline Safety Act’s new requirement at 49 U.S.C. 60102(p) regarding new regulations and guidance issued by PHMSA that incorporate documents by reference. More specifically, the bill revises 49 U.S.C. 60102(p), added by the Pipeline Safety Act amendments passed in January 2012, to (1) increase the deadline for implementing this provision from one year to three years; (2) limit the statutory provision’s application to regulations issued by the Agency (where it previously applied to Agency guidance and regulations); and (3) remove the requirement that the documents be made available to the public on the internet.  (See our related alert.)