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What part of methane recovery at a landfill is jurisdictional to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration?

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulates pipelines that are involved in transporting methane gas from landfills to end users. PHMSA is responsible for ensuring the safety and integrity of the pipeline system, as well as reducing methane emissions from leaks and venting. In most cases, each respective state pipeline safety group will inspect and enforce the federal pipeline safety regulations of 49 CFR 192 on PHMSA's behalf.


It's imperative to correctly classify piping correctly to avoid costly compliance headaches.

Piping could fall under several categories:

  1. Production

  2. Processing

  3. Gas Treatment

  4. Gathering

  5. Distribution

  6. Transmission


Each type of piping has different regulatory requirements. If your company would like a determination on what if any sections of pipeline related to landfill gas are jurisdictional under PHMSA, don't hesitate to contact The Oak Tree Group and let us give you are opinion on your company's unique situation.


(source: US EPA)

(source: API RP80)



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