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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AF31 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Pipeline Safety: Coastal Ecological Unusually Sensitive Areas 

PHMSA will publish a final rule to respond to comments and advisory committee recommendations received in response to the publication of the December 2021 interim final rule related to coastal unusually sensitive areas (USAs. As mandated by section 120 of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2020 (Pub. L. 116-260) and section 19 of the PIPES Act of 2016 (Pub. L. 114-183), PHMSA amended the definition of USAs to explicitly include the Great Lakes, coastal beaches, and certain coastal waters as USA ecological resources for the purposes of determining whether a pipeline is in a high consequence area (HCA), as defined by 49 CFR 195.450. A hazardous liquid pipeline that could affect these newly-designated areas must be included in an operators' integrity management program.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 195   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 114-183   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  12/27/2021  86 FR 73173   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  02/25/2022 
Final Rule  03/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Cameron H. Satterthwaite
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-8553