ANALYSIS PREPARED BY THE
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF WISCONSIN
The analysis is set forth as Attachment A.
TEXT OF PROPOSED RULE
SECTION 1. PSC 135.019 (1) is amended to read:
PSC 135.019 (1) The federal department of transportation, office of pipeline safety, pipeline safety standards, as adopted through May 1, 2015 the effective date of these rules . . . [LRB to insert
date] . . . . , and incorporated in 49 CFR Parts 192, 193 and 199, including the appendices, are adopted as state pipeline safety standards and incorporated by reference into this chapter. SECTION 2. Effective date. This rule shall take effect on the first day of the month following publication in the Wisconsin Administrative Register as provided in s. 227.22 (2) (intro.), Stats.INITIAL REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY ANALYSIS This rulemaking has no effect on small businesses. The s. 227.114 (12), Stats., definition of “small business” states that to be considered a small business, the business must not be dominant in its field. Since gas utilities are monopolies in their service territories, they are dominant in their field and, so, are not small businesses. Further, the contract between the federal department of transportation and the commission requires that treatment be uniform across the state and across gas pipeline operators. As a result, the commission cannot make special provisions for small business.
FISCAL ESTIMATE AND ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS
This rule will result in no fiscal impact since pipeline operators are already required, under federal law, to follow the federal regulations. Any economic impact of those federal regulations has already occurred. This rulemaking just updates the state’s enforcement authority.
The Fiscal Estimate and Economic Impact Analysis are included as Attachment B.
Any person may submit written comments on these proposed rules. The record will be open for written comments from the public, effective immediately, and until Monday, January 16, 2017, at noon. All written comments must include a reference on the filing to docket 1-AC-248. File by one mode only.1
1As an alternative to submitting your comment directly to the Commission, state law allows anyone to file a web comment on the Legislative Rules Clearinghouse website, https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/comment. This site forwards the comment to the Commission.
Any utilities, organizations, or interest groups shall file one comment using the Commission’s Electronic Regulatory Filing (ERF) system.
To file such a comment, go to the Commission’s web site at http://psc.wi.gov, and click on the “ERF - Electronic Regulatory Filing” graphic on the side menu bar. On the next page, click on “Need Help?” in the side menu bar for instructions on how to upload a document.
Members of the Public:
Any members of the general public shall file only one comment either through the Commission’s web site or by mail as follows:
• Web Comment. Go to the Commission’s web site at http://psc.wi.gov, click on the “Public Comments” button on the side menu bar. On the next page select the “File a comment” link that appears for docket number 1-AC-248.
• Mail Comment. All comments submitted by U.S. mail must include the phrase “Docket 1-AC-248 Comments” in the heading, and shall be addressed to:
Sandra J. Paske, Secretary to the Commission Public Service Commission
P.O. Box 7854
Madison, WI 53707-7854
The Commission does not accept comments submitted via e-mail or facsimile. Any material submitted to the Commission is a public record and may appear on the Commission’s web site. The Commission may reject a comment that does not comply with the requirements described in this notice.
WISCONSIN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT
This is a Type III action under Wis. Admin. Code § PSC 4.10(3). The Commission will review the potential environmental effects of the project. Type III actions normally do not require the preparation of an environmental impact statement under Wis. Stat. § 1.11 or an environmental assessment.
Questions regarding this matter should be directed to Thomas Stemrich, at
(608) 266-2800 or Tom.Stemrich@wisconsin.gov. Media questions should be directed to the Communications Director at (608) 266-9600. Hearing or speech impaired individuals may also use the commission’s TTY number, if calling from Wisconsin, (800) 251-8345, if calling from outside Wisconsin, (608) 267-1479.