WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced that 21 local governments and pipeline safety groups will receive nearly $940,000 in Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) to help communities and non-profit organizations develop customized pipeline safety and education programs.
“Safety is our highest priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We’re committed to investing in local governments so they have the resources they need to develop pipeline safety programs that best fit their specific communities.”
Technical Assistance Grants fund training for first responders, and safety equipment and data gathering initiatives. One example is the project in Alameda, Calif., to develop a pipeline mapping system that will provide data to emergency responders and land use planners.
“These grants allow local communities and organizations to identify their own specific needs and create a targeted response,” said PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman. “This community-based approach encourages public involvement in pipeline safety, and results in concrete safety improvements.”
TAGs were first awarded in 2009. By 2012, PHMSA had awarded almost $4 million to 93 recipients. Applications are evaluated on merit and by how closely they align with PHMSA’s pipeline safety mission and strategic goals. Recipients may receive up to $50,000. Projects must be completed within one year, and recipients must provide a final report to PHMSA.
The 2013 Technical Assistance Grant recipients are:
• Blue Green Alliance (Minnesota) – $50,000
• City of Allentown (Pennsylvania) – $43,850
• City of Fitchburg (Massachusetts) – $50,000
• City of Hazard (Kentucky) – $9,926
• City of Hogansville (Georgia) – $50,000
• City of Port Aransas (Texas) – $50,000
• City of Richmond (Utah) – $49,765
• City of West Liberty (Kentucky) – $26,300
• Connection for Oil, Gas & Environment in the Northern Tier, Inc. (Pennsylvania) – $50,000
• County of Alameda (California) – $50,000
• County of Tazewell (Illinois) – $50,000
• Danielle Dawn Smalley Foundation Inc. (Texas) – $50,000
• League of Women Voters of PA Education (Pennsylvania) – $49,500
• Oak Ridge Utility District (Tennessee) – $41,000
• Palatka Gas Authority (Florida) – $50,000
• Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission (Texas) – $50,000
• Pipeline Safety Coalition (Pennsylvania) – $48,718
• Pipeline Safety Trust (Washington) – $50,000
• Powell County (Montana) – $18,288
• Sevier County Utility District (Tennessee) – $50,000
• West Pikeland Township (Pennsylvania) – $50,000
Descriptions of all grants can be found on PHMSA’s website.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration develops and enforces regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the nation's 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air. Please visit http://phmsa.dot.gov for more information.