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Natural Gas Exports: Updated Guidance and Regulations Could Improve Facility Permitting Processes

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Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Administrator of PHMSA should conduct a standards-specific review of regulations that incorporate standards and, if necessary, update the regulations or document its decision for not updating them. (Recommendation 5)

As of March 2021, PHMSA officials told us that the agency's efforts are underway to update the eight outdated LNG standards we identified. As of May 2021, the agency had not updated the standards.

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