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Pipeline Safety Agency Expands Authority After Explosions (1)

Sept. 30, 2019, 4:29 PMUpdated: Sept. 30, 2019, 8:24 PM

Almost a decade after Congress called for improved pipeline safety, a federal agency released a handful of rules Sept. 30 to expand its authority and increase safeguards.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is updating its safety regulations to cover more miles of pipeline, especially the types of lines that have been involved in fatal explosions or releases over the past decade.

The agency is also cementing its process for quickly issuing emergency orders to multiple pipeline operators to address imminent hazards. The rules are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register Oct. 1.

The rules come as...

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