February 2010 Vol. 237 No. 2

Government

PHMSA Announces Final Control Room Management Rule

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule dictating the shape and content of new control room management programs for hazardous liquid, gas transmission and distribution pipelines. The rules come into play where controllers use supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. This is a final rule which the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and the American Gas Association initially opposed, then suggested alternative language for. In the final rule, PHMSA does step away from some of the more objectionable language in the proposed rule it issued in September 2008. Terry Boss, a senior vice president at INGAA, a

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