Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

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Definition - What does Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) mean?

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), is a U.S. Department of Transportation agency located in five regions across the United States and headquartered in Washington D.C. They are responsible for developing and enforcing regulations for the safe, reliable and environmentally sound construction and operation of pipeline transportation systems as well as the shipment of hazardous materials via various transportation mediums.

Trenchlesspedia explains Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

The safety of pipelines is ultimately the responsibility of pipeline construction companies and operators. They must ensure that pipelines are built, operated and maintained in accordance with prescribed codes and regulations. Federal and state-sanctioned pipeline inspectors are responsible for evaluating whether the pipelines meet the regulatory requirements as prescribed by the PHSMA.

PHSMA can also audit pipeline operators, enforce against regulation violations, and give authority to state agencies to carry out interstate inspections and approvals.

PHSMA is responsible for enforcing regulations trenchless companies must adhere to when rehabilitating or constructing new pipeline.

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