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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