PHMSA final rule integrates latest ASME standard for boiler and pressure vessels

Rulemaking effective June 28, 2016

Posted May 3, 2016

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a direct final rule incorporating by reference the most recent editions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. The purpose of the update is to enable non-specification (nurse tank) manufacturers and other Department of Transportation (DOT) and United Nations (UN) specification packaging manufacturers to utilize current technology, materials, and practices to help maintain a high level of safety.

PHMSA is replacing the ASME referenced standard (1998 Edition) with the new, current ASME standard (2015 Edition) for boiler and pressure vessels. PHMSA is also replacing the ASME 1998 Edition referenced standard of ASME's Transportation Systems for Liquids and Slurries: Pressure Piping to the current 2012 Edition.

The rule is effective June 28, 2016 without further action, unless adverse comment is received by May 31, 2016. If adverse comment or notice of intent to file an adverse comment is received, PHMSA will publish a timely withdrawal of the rule in whole or in part in the Federal Register before June 13, 2016.

Comments should reference DOT Docket ID Number PHMSA-2015-0271 and may be submitted to the Federal Rulemaking Portal.


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