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consultation with representatives of the national organization of State commissions, shall be State commissioners;

(2) Four members shall be selected from the natural gas industry after consultation with industry representatives, not less than three of whom shall be currently engaged in the active operation of natural gas pipelines; and

(3) Six members shall be selected from the general public. (b) The Secretary shall submit to the Committee all proposed standards and amendments to such standards and afford such Committee a reasonable opportunity, not to exceed ninety days, unless extended by the Secretary, to prepare a report on the technical feasibility, reasonableness, and practicability of each such proposal. Each report by the Committee, including any minority views, shall be published by the Secretary and form a part of the proceedings for the promulgation of standards. In the event that the Secretary rejects the conclusions of the majority of the Committee, he shall not be bound by such conclusions but shall publish his reasons for rejection thereof. The Committee may propose safety standards for pipeline facilities and the transportation of gas to the Secretary for his consideration. All proceedings of the Committee shall be recorded and the record of each such proceeding shall be available for public inspection.

(c) Members of the Committee other than Federal employees may be compensated at a rate to be fixed by the Secretary not to exceed $100 per diem (including travel time) when engaged in the actual duties of the Committee. All members, while away from their homes or regular places of business, may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence as authorized by section 5703 of title 5. United States Code, for persons in the Government service employed intermittently. Payments under this section shall not render members of the Committee employees or officials of the United States for any purpose.

STATE CERTIFICATIONS AND AGREEMENTS

Sec. 5. (a) Except for the fourth sentence of section 3(b), section 12(b), and except as otherwise provided in this section, the provisions of this Act shall not apply to intrastate pipeline transportation when the safety standards and practices applicable to same are regulated by a State agency (including a municipality) which submits to the Secretary an annual certification that such State agency (1) has regulatory jurisdiction over the safety standards and practices of such transportation ; (2) has adopted, as of the date of the certification, each Federal safety standard established under this Act which is applicable to such transnortation or, with respect to each such Federal safety standard established within one hundred and twenty days before the date of the certification, is taking steps pursuant to State law to adopt such standard; (3) is enforcing each such standard; (4) is encouraging and promoting programs designed to prevent damage to pipeline facilities as a consequence of excavation activity; and (5) has the authority to require record maintenance, reporting, and inspection substantially the same as are provided under section 12 and the filing for approval of plans of inspection and maintenance described in sec

tion 11; and that the law of the State makes provision for the enforcement of the safety standards of such State agency by way of injunctive and monetary sanctions substantially the same as are provided under sections 9 and 10; except that a State agency may file a certification under this subsection without regard to the requirement of injunctive and monetary sanctions under State law for a period not to exceed five years after the date of enactment of this Act. Each annual certification shall include a report, in such form as the Secretary may by regulation provide, showing (i) name and address of each person subject to the safety jurisdiction of the State agency; (ii) all accidents or incidents reported during the preceding twelve months by each such person involving personal injury requiring hospitalization, fatality, or property damage exceeding $1,000, together with a summary of the State agency's investigation as to the cause and circumstances surrounding such accident or incident; (iii) the record maintenance, reporting, and inspection practiced by the State agency to enforce compliance with such Federal safety standards, including a detail of the number of inspections made of pipeline facilities by the State agency during the preceding twelve months; and (iv) such other information as the Secretary may require. The report included with the first annual certification need not show information unavailable at that time. If after receipt of annual certification, the Secretary determines that the State agency is not satisfactorily enforcing compliance with Federal safety standards, he may on reasonable notice and after opportunity for hearing, reject the certification or take such other action as he deems appropriate to achieve adequate enforcement including the assertion of Federal jurisdiction. When such notice is given by the Secretary, the burden of proof shall be upon the State agency to show that it is satisfactorily enforcing compliance with Federal safety standards.

(b) With respect to any intrastate pipeline transportation for which the Secretary does not receive an annual certification under subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary may, by agreement with a State agency (including a municipality) authorize such agency to assume responsibility for, and carry out on behalf of the Secretary as it relates to intrastate pipeline transportation the necessary actions to

(1) establish an adequate program for record maintenance, reporting, and inspection designed to assist compliance with Federal safety standards;

(2) establish procedures for approval of plans of inspection and maintenance substantially the same as are required under section 11;

(3) implement a compliance program acceptable to the Secretary including provision for inspection of pipeline facilities used in such transportation of gas; and

(4) cooperate fully in a system of Federal monitoring of such compliance program and reporting under regulations prescribed

by the Secretary. Any agreement executed pursuant to this subsection shall require the State agency prompty to notify the Secretary of any violation or probable violation of a Federal safety standard which it discovers as a result of its program,

(c)(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, if an application is submitted not later than September 30 in any calendar year, the Secretary shall pay out of funds appropriated or otherwise made available up to 50 per centum of the cost of the personnel, equipment, and activities of a State agency reasonably required, during the following calendar year to carry out a safety program under a certification under subsection (a) or an agreement under subsection (b) of this section; or to act as agent of the Secretary with respect to interstate transmission facilities. The Secretary may, after notice and consultation with a State agency, withhold all or any part of the funds for a particular State agency if he determines that such State agency (A) is not satisfactorily carrying out a safety program under a certification under subsection (a) or an agreement under subsection (b) of this section, or (B) is not satisfactorily acting as agent of the Secretary with respect to interstate transmission facilities. No such payment may be made unless the State agency making application under this subsection gives assurances satisfactory to the Secretary that the State agency will provide the remaining cost of such a sa fety program and that the aggregate expenditures of funds of the State, exclusive of Federal grants, for gas sa fety programs will be maintained at a level which does not fall below the average level of such expenditures for the last two fiscal years preceding the date of enactment of this section.

(2) Funds authorized to be appropriated by section 15(b) of this Act shall be allocated among the several States for payments to aid in the conduct of pipeline safety programs in accordance with paragraph (1) of this section.

(3) Payments under this section may be made in installments, in advance or by way of reimbursement, with necessary adjustments on account of overpayments and underpayments.

(4) The Secretary may, by regulation, provide for the form and manner filing of applications under this section, and for such reporting and fiscal procedures as he deems necessary to assure the proper accounting for Federal funds.

(d) A certification which is in effect under subsection (a) of this section shall not apply with respect to any new or amended Federal safety standard established for intrastate pipeline transportation pursuant to this Act after the date of such certification. The provisions of this Act shall apply to any such new or amended Federal sa fety standard until the State agency has adopted such standard and has submitted an appropriate certification in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.

(e) Any agreement under this section may be terminated by the Secretary if, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, he finds that the State agency has failed to comply with any provision of such agreement. Such finding and termination shall be published in the Federal Register, and shall become effective no sooner than fifteen days after the date of publication.

(f) (1) During the fiscal year ending September 30, 1978, the Secretary shall, in accordance with regulations issued by the Secretary taking into account the needs of the respective States, pay to each State agency out of funds appropriated or otherwise made available

one hundred percent of the cost (not to exceed $60,000 for each State agency) of not more than three full-time natural gas pipeline safety inspectors in addition to, and not in lieu of, the number of natural gas pipeline safety inspectors maintained by such State agency in calendar year 1977.

(2) Not later than September 30, 1977, any State may apply to receive funds under paragraph (1) for the calendar year 1978.

(3) Each State agency which receives funds under paragraph (1) shall continue to maintain during calendar years 1979 and 1980 not less than the number of full-time natural gas pipeline safety inspectors which were maintained by such State agency in calendar year 1978.

(4) Any State in which the State agency fails to meet its obligations under paragraph (3) shall reimburse the Secretary for a sum equal to 50 percent of the funds received by such State under this subsection in proportion to which such State agency has failed to meet its obligations.

JUDICIAL REVIEW OF ORDERS

Sec. 6. (a) Any person who is or will be adversely affected or aggrieved by any order issued under this Act may at any time prior to the sixtieth day after such order is issued file a petition for a judicial review with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia or for the circuit wherein such petitioner is located or has his principal place of business. A copy of the petition shall be forthwith transmitted by the clerk of the court to the Secretary or other officer designated by him for that purpose.

(b) Upon the filing of the petition referred to in subsection (a), the court shall have jurisdiction to review the order in accordance with chapter 7 of title 5 of the United States Code and to grant appropriate relief as provided in such chapter.

(c) The judgment of the court affirming or setting aside, in whole or in part, any such order of the Secretary shall be final, subject to review by the Supreme Court of the United States upon certiorari or certification as provided in section 1254 of title 28 of the United States Code.

(d) Any action instituted under this section shall survive, notwithstanding any change in the person occupying the office of the Secretary or any vacancy in such office.

(e) The remedies provided for in this section shall be in addition to and not in substitution for any other remedies provided by law.

COOPERATION WITH FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION AND

STATE COMMISSIONS

Sec. 7. Whenever the establishment of a standard or action upon application for waiver under the provisions of this Act, would affect continuity of any gas services, the Secretary shall consult with and advise the Federal Power Commission or State commission having jurisdiction over the affected pipeline facility before establishing the standard or acting on the waiver application and shall defer the effective date until the Federal Power Commission or any such commission has had reasonable opportunity to grant the authorizations it deems necessary. In any proceedings under section 7 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717f) for authority to establish, construct, operate, or extend a gas pipeline which is or will be subject to Federal or other applicable safety standards, any applicant shall certify that it will design, install, inspect, test, construct, operate, replace, and maintain the pipeline facilities in accordance with Federal and other applicable safety standards and plans for maintenance and inspection. Such certification shall be binding and conclusive upon the Commission unless the relevant enforcement agency has timely advised the Commission in writing that the applicant has violated safety standards established pursuant to this Act.

COMPLIANCE

SEC. 8. (a) Each person who engages in the transportation of gas or who owns or operates pipeline facilities shall

(1) at all times after the date any applicable safety standard established under this Act takes effect comply with the requirements of such standard; and

(2) file and comply with a plan of inspection and maintenance required by section 11; and

(3) permit access to or copying of records, and make reports or provide information, and permit entry or inspection, as required

under section 12. (b) Nothing in this Act shall affect the common law or statutory tort liability of any person.

CIVIL PENALTY

Sec. 9. (a) Any person who violates any provision of section 8(a), or any regulation issued under this Act, shall be subject to a civil penalty of not to exceed $1,000 for each such violation for each day that such violation persists, except that the maximum civil penalty shall not exceed $200,000 for any related series of violations: Provided, That for a reasonable period of time, not to exceed one year after the date of enactment of this Act, such civil penalties shall not be applicable to pipeline facilities existing on such date of enactment.

(b) Any such civil penalty may be compromised by the Secretary. In determining the amount of such penalty, or the amount agreed upon in compromise, the appropriateness of such penalty to the size of the business of the person charged, the gravity of the violation, and the good faith of the person charged in attempting to achieve compliance, after notification of a violation, shall be considered. The amount of such penalty, when finally determined, or the amount agreed upon in compromise, may be deducted from any sums owing by the United States to the person charged or may be recovered in a civil action in the United States district courts.

INJUNCTION AND JURISDICTION

Sec. 10. (a) The United States district courts shall have jurisdiction, subject to the provisions of rule 65 (a) and (b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, to restrain violations of this Act (including the restraint of transportation of gas or the operation of a pipeline

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