In response to the 2012 amendments to the Pipeline Safety Act, PHMSA issued a proposal to amend the pipeline safety regulations to incorporate by reference all or parts of new, updated or reaffirmed editions of voluntary consensus standards that are available to the public on the internet.  78 Fed. Reg. 49996 (August 16, 2013).  In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, PHMSA proposes to incorporate new standards and new editions of standards that are already incorporated by reference under 49 C.F.R. Parts 192, 195, 193 and 199.  Specifically, in response to petitions for rulemaking from several natural gas industry groups, PHMSA recommends incorporating a new standard by reference specific to polyethylene gas piping (ASTM D 2513-09a Standard Specification for Polyethylene (PE) Gas Pressure Pipe, Tubing and Fittings, excluding the section on rework materials).
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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

On August 1, 2013, the Senate passed by unanimous consent H.R. 2576 , which would revise and relax 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 would revise 49 U.S.C. 60102(p), added by the Pipeline Safety