(a) Submission and Contents.— Not later than August 15, 1997, and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary of Transportation shall submit to Congress a report on carrying out this chapter for the 2 immediately preceding calendar years for gas and a report on carrying out this chapter for such period for hazardous liquid. Each report shall include the following information about the prior year for gas or hazardous liquid, as appropriate:
(1)a thorough compilation of the leak repairs, accidents, and casualties and a statement of cause when investigated and established by the National Transportation Safety Board.
(2)a list of applicable pipeline safety standards prescribed under this chapter including identification of standards prescribed during the year.
(3)a summary of the reasons for each waiver granted under section
60118(c) and (d) of this title.
(4)an evaluation of the degree of compliance with applicable safety standards, including a list of enforcement actions and compromises of alleged violations by location and company name.
(5)a summary of outstanding problems in carrying out this chapter, in order of priority.
(6)an analysis and evaluation of—
(A)research activities, including their policy implications, completed as a result of the United States Government and private sponsorship; and
(B)technological progress in safety achieved.
(7)a list, with a brief statement of the issues, of completed or pending judicial actions under this chapter.
(8)the extent to which technical information was distributed to the scientific community and consumer-oriented information was made available to the public.
(9)a compilation of certifications filed under section
60105 of this title that were—
(A)in effect; or
(B)rejected in any part by the Secretary and a summary of the reasons for each rejection.
(10)a compilation of agreements made under section
60106 of this title that were—
(A)in effect; or
(B)ended in any part by the Secretary and a summary of the reasons for ending each agreement.
(11)a description of the number and qualifications of State pipeline safety inspectors in each State for which a certification under section
60105 of this title or an agreement under section
60106 of this title is in effect and the number and qualifications of inspectors the Secretary recommends for that State.
(12)recommendations for legislation the Secretary considers necessary—
(A)to promote cooperation among the States in improving—
(i)gas pipeline safety; or
(ii)hazardous liquid pipeline safety programs; and
(B)to strengthen the national gas pipeline safety program.
(b) Submission of One Report.— The Secretary may submit one report to carry out subsection (a) of this section.
In subsection (a), before clause (1), the words “prepare and” and “comprehensive” are omitted as surplus. The words “the following information” are added for clarity. The words “about the prior year” are substituted for “occurring in such year”, “established or in effect in such year”, “during such year”, and “during the preceding calendar year” to eliminate unnecessary words. In clause (2), the word “Federal” is omitted as surplus. The word “prescribed” is substituted for “established or in effect” and “established” for consistency in the revised title and with other titles of the United States Code and to eliminate unnecessary words. The word “newly” is omitted as surplus. In clause (4), the words “for the transportation of gas and pipeline facilities” in 49 App.:1683(a)(4) and “for the transportation of hazardous liquids and pipeline facilities” in 49 App.:2012(a)(4) are omitted because of the restatement. In clause (5), the words “in carrying out” are substituted for “confronting the administration of” for consistency. In clause (9), before subclause (A), the words “by State agencies (including municipalities)” are omitted as surplus. In clauses (9)(B) and (10)(B), the words “in any part” are added for clarity. In clause (10), before subclause (A), the words “with State agencies (including municipalities)” are omitted as surplus. In clause (12), before subclause (A), the word “additional” is omitted as surplus. In subclause (A), the word “several” is omitted as surplus.
In subsection (b), the words “annual” and “the report requirements of” are omitted as surplus.
1996—Pub. L. 104–304, § 15(a)(1), substituted “Biennial” for “Annual” in section catchline.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104–304, § 15(a)(2), inserted first sentence and struck out former first sentence which read as follows: “The Secretary of Transportation shall submit to Congress not later than August 15 of each odd-numbered year a report on carrying out this chapter for the prior calendar year for gas and a report on carrying out this chapter for the prior calendar year for hazardous liquid.”
1995—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104–66substituted “of each odd-numbered year” for “of each year” in first sentence of introductory provisions.
Termination of Reporting Requirements
For termination, effective May 15, 2000, of provisions of law requiring submittal to Congress of any annual, semiannual, or other regular periodic report listed in House Document No. 103–7 (in which the 7th and 9th items on page 135 identify reporting provisions which, as subsequently amended, are contained in this section), see section 3003 ofPub. L. 104–66, as amended, set out as a note under section
1113 of Title
31, Money and Finance.
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