McAfee & Taft RegLINC - May 2012: PHMSA’S FY 2013 budget focuses on hiring more inspectors by Heidi Slinkard Brasher

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 [author: Heidi Slinkard Brasher]

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s fiscal year 2013 budget request includes $276 million and 647 positions to increase oversight of hazardous materials transportation and the process of repairing, replacing and rehabilitating existing pipelines. This request is $75 million more than what DOT received for FY 2012.

In addition to funding IT modernization for DOT, the budget requests the following:

  • Pipeline safety funding would be allocated to:
    • 150 new employees – 120 new inspectors and 30 program personnel
    • Grants to states to standardize their pipeline safety programs 
    • Pipeline safety R&D, National Pipeline Information Exchange database of pipeline safety information 
    • National public awareness campaigns
    • Pipeline safety design review user fees
    • A new Accident Investigation Team which will review significant incidents not reviewed by the NTSB.
  • Hazardous materials funding would be allocated to:
    • 22 new employees
    • A new Special Permit and Approvals user fee to be collected from those seeking special permits and approvals for transporting hazardous materials
    • Special permit processing and evaluation 
  • Read more about PHMSA’s 2013 budget request here

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