Practice damage prevention, protect wallet

The U.S. DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has established criteria for adequate state enforcement of their damage prevention (one-call) laws and also a Federal Standard for Excavators. Here’s what you need to know:

PHMSA evaluated each state against the enforcement criteria to determine program adequacy. Florida’s program was evaluated in December and a decision is pending. PHMSA will take federal enforcement action against excavators in states with inadequate enforcement when a pipeline regulated by PHMSA or the state is unlawfully damaged. Daily fines max out at $200,000 and $2 million. Damage prevention is your best defense.

  • LEARN and FOLLOW Sunshine 811’s High Priority Subsurface Installation (HPSI) procedures for working near HPSIs.
  • ALWAYS CONTACT the pipeline operator with the excavation start date and time when you get positive response code 2C-Marked with Exceptions. That means your excavation site is within 15 feet of an HPSI pipeline.

More Information:

Final Rule Press Release

Final Rule


The Pipeline Safety Statute 49 U.S. Code 60101 – 60301


2017 Holiday Calendar

Sunshine 811 will be closed the following holidays throughout 2017. Our Internet Ticket Entry and Single Address Ticket systems will function during these times. As a reminder, these days are not counted in the two full business day or 10 full business day waiting periods for normal and underwater locate tickets. Please plan accordingly.

January 2 New Year's
January 16 Martin Luther King Day
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