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Regulatory Fact Sheet: Washington

The federal government establishes minimum pipeline safety standards under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 49 "Transportation", Parts 190 - 199. The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), within the U. S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), has overall regulatory responsibility for hazardous liquid and gas pipelines under its jurisdiction in the United States.

OPS is headquartered in Washington, DC, and supported through five regional offices located in Trenton, NJ; Atlanta, GA; Kansas City, MO; Houston, TX; and Denver, CO. OPS regional directors, pipeline inspectors/investigators, and community liaisons operate from each of the five OPS regional offices.

Community Liaisons (formerly known as CATS Managers) are available to assist the public, state or local officials, and other stakeholders with inquiries concerning pipeline safety-related matters.

OPS enforces the pipeline safety regulations for interstate gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators in Washington based on inspections performed by the state.

Through certification by OPS, the state inspects and enforces the pipeline safety regulations for intrastate gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators in Washington. Also, by signed agreement with OPS, the state inspects interstate gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators in Washington. This work is performed by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

Contact information for pipeline safety regulation in Washington:

For State regulator contact information, go to: http://www.napsr.org/state-program-managers.

Office of Pipeline Safety - Western Region Office

12300 West Dakota Avenue, Suite 110

Lakewood, CO 80226

Telephone: 720-963-3160

Region Director (Acting): Chris Hoidal

Community Liaisons: Tom Finch / Dave Mulligan

Direct: 720-963-3175 / 720-963-3193

E-mail: thomas.finch@dot.gov / david.mulligan@dot.gov

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

1200 New Jersey Avenue SE

East Building, Second Floor

Washington D.C. 20590-0001

Administrator: Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Media Contact: Director, Office of Governmental, International and Public Affairs

Office of Pipeline Safety: Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety

Phone: 202-366-4595

Email: PHMSA.Pipelinesafety@dot.gov

Date of Revision: 01092017