By Jamie Peter, WFMZ

Congressman Charlie Dent is standing behind a bill to increase pipeline safety in our area and across the country.

Legislation to improve the country's 2.3 million miles of pipeline passed the U.S. House Monday.

The bill, H.R. 2845 is known as the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Job Creation Act.

It takes action regarding numerous recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) following the investigations into numerous pipeline incidents, including the explosion in Allentown in February.

Five people were killed in that explosion and dozens of homes were destroyed.

“This important legislation will help modernize our region’s aging pipeline infrastructure and enhance the safe delivery of vital energy resources to consumers and industries across the country,” said U.S. Rep. Dent. “Safety advocates, federal regulators, industry representatives and members of Congress from both parties worked extremely hard to develop this strong legislation, which puts the safety of the American people first. I am confident this bill will help reduce the number of tragic incidents like the deadly explosion in Allentown earlier this year.”

The bill, among other things, will allow for the hiring of more federal safety inspectors at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and enhances standards for aging cast iron pipelines, and expedites their replacement and increases civil penalties for safety violations.