Pipeline Emergency Response Grant (PERG)
The Pipeline Emergency Response Grant (PERG) program focuses on incidents response activities related to the transportation of gas or hazardous liquids by pipelines in high consequence areas (HCAs). HCAs are defined in section 192.903 and 195.450 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations. Funding under this award is critical to ensuring the safe transportation of hazardous materials by training emergency responders to respond to pipeline incidents. PHMSA's goal is to ensure that responders who receive training under the grant will have the ability to protect nearby persons, property, and the environment from the effects of pipeline accidents or incidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials.
The PERG is open to state, county, and local governments. For-profit entities are not eligible.
Award Funding Information
Funding may be used for training individuals with statutory responsibility to respond to pipeline incidents in HCAs. Applicants must include a plan for training responders in underserved communities who are affected by pipeline incidents.
All training activities must have a pipeline transportation tie-in. Eligible activities include but are not limited to:
- Pipeline emergency response planning, training, and exercises,
- Pipeline Emergency Responder Initiative (PERI) development and training,
- Pipeline leak recognition and release evacuation training,
- Development and maintenance of pipeline training curriculum, and
- Training props, equipment, and supplies.
Subject to the availability of funds, the amount of a PERG award may not exceed $500,000 for a single grant recipient. The number of awards will depend on the quality and number of applications received and the dollar amounts requested.