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Regulatory Updates


Toxic Substances Control Act

Toxic Substances Control Act

this Regulatory Update summarizes key changes to the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Regulatory Update

Jan 12th, 2017

industry Industrial

Regulatory Update: PRC-005-6 Implementation Plan: Revisions to Utility Protection System Maintenance Plans were Mandatory by January 1, 2017

Regulatory Update:  PRC-005-6 Implementation Plan:  Revisions to Utility Protection System Maintenance Plans were Mandatory by January 1, 2017

The implementation plan for PRC-005-6 standard on protection system maintenance has new obligations beginning January 1, 2017. Download the Regulatory Update at the bottom of this page.

Regulatory Update

Jan 3rd, 2017

by Dylan Achey

topic Transmission and Distribution

PHMSA Requirements for Underground Storage of Natural Gas

PHMSA Requirements for Underground Storage of Natural Gas

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued new minimum federal safety standards for underground natural gas storage facilities. This ruling is effective Jan. 18, 2017 and operators of storage systems must implement these regulations no later than Jan. 18, 2018.

Regulatory Update

Dec 30th, 2016

by Kevin Bodenhamer

topic Pipelines

PRC-002-2 Disturbance Monitoring and Reporting Standard: Initial Mandatory Implementation Plan Dates Approach

PRC-002-2 Disturbance Monitoring and Reporting Standard: Initial Mandatory Implementation Plan Dates Approach

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved PRC-002-2 in September, 2015. The initial due date for system studies necessary to identify locations for the collection of disturbance related data under Requirement R1 is January 1, 2017.

Regulatory Update

Nov 18th, 2016

by Tim Farrar, PE Dylan Achey

topics Transmission and Distribution

industries Generation Utilities

Department of Homeland Security Updates Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards

Department of Homeland Security Updates Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards

Facilities across all sectors of the US economy may be impacted and subject to upcoming compliance actions. It is important to note that facilities that have submitted Top Screen surveys before will be required to resubmit, even if a facility was previously exempted from CFATS.

Regulatory Update

Oct 7th, 2016

by Lawrence Fitzgerald, PG, PSP, CPP Wade Narin van Court, Ph.D., P.E. Melissa Hart

topics Remediation Security

industries Commercial Generation Government Health Care Industrial Oil and Gas Transportation Utilities

NERC Geomagnetic Disturbance Standard Approved

NERC Geomagnetic Disturbance Standard Approved

With the approval of TPL-007-1, the industry now has the long awaited regulatory certainty it needs to plan and possibly modify transmission systems to withstand the effects of GMD.

Regulatory Update

Sep 29th, 2016

by ​James Whitaker, PE

topic Transmission and Distribution

industry Utilities

Vegetation Management Standard FAC-003-4 to become Effective October 1, 2016

Vegetation Management Standard FAC-003-4 to become Effective October 1, 2016

The mandatory NERC FAC-003-4 standard regarding Vegetation Management has been modified to increase vegetation clearance requirements. The revised standard becomes enforceable on October 1, 2016.

Regulatory Update

Sep 19th, 2016

by ​Diane Fitzgerald

topic Transmission and Distribution

industry Utilities

Ohio EPA Issues Guidance for Response Action Levels and Timeframes at Vapor Intrusion Sites

Ohio EPA Issues Guidance for Response Action Levels and Timeframes at Vapor Intrusion Sites

The Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization has released guidance specifically for sites with a potentially complete pathway for TCE concentrations in the groundwater or sub-slab vapors to migrate to indoor air and where sensitive receptors may be exposed.

Regulatory Update

Sep 15th, 2016

by Kathleen Teuscher

topics Remediation

industries Commercial Industrial

FERC Changes Frequency and Voltage Ride-through Obligations for Small Generators

FERC Changes Frequency and Voltage Ride-through Obligations for Small Generators

​Under the recently issued FERC Order No. 828, newly interconnecting small generating facilities will be required to ride-through abnormal frequency and voltage events and not disconnect from the transmission system during such events.

Regulatory Update

Aug 17th, 2016

by Tim Farrar, PE Dylan Achey Jim Whitaker, PE

topics Transmission and Distribution

industries Utilities Generation

FERC Implements New Reactive Power Policy for Wind and Small Generators

FERC Implements New Reactive Power Policy for Wind and Small Generators

Newly interconnecting small generators will need to deliver reactive power on the same basis as other interconnecting generation technology. System studies will be required to verify reactive power performance of the proposed generation additions.

Regulatory Update

Jul 29th, 2016

by ​James Whitaker, PE Dylan Achey

topics Transmission and Distribution

industries Generation Utilities

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