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DOT Announces Over $23.8 Million in FY 2017 Hazardous Materials Planning and Training Grants

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Thursday, October 5, 2017
Contact: Mark Sanborn
Tel.: (202) 366-4831

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) today announced it is issuing three separate hazardous materials training related grants totaling $23,870,045.  The grants are part of PHMSA’s comprehensive approach to improving the safe transportation of hazardous materials across the country.

“The Department’s hazardous materials grants allow recipients to design and implement planning and training programs that meet their specific needs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.  “Improving the response capabilities of our emergency responders is an integral part of our strong national safety program.”

PHMSA is issuing $20,470,045 in Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants to provide funding to states, territories and Native American tribes to enhance the abilities of their emergency response personnel in protecting themselves and the public when responding to hazardous materials related transportation incidents.  See the HMEP grant funding chart below for a complete breakdown of the grant recipients and awarded amounts. 

Additionally, PHMSA is issuing $2,400,000 in Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) grants.  The grants offer resources to non-profit organizations to train volunteer or remote emergency responders to safely respond to rail accidents involving highly flammable crude oil and ethanol products.  Recipients include the Center for Rural Development ($950,000), the University of Findlay ($950,000), and the International Association of Fire Chiefs ($500,000).

Finally, PHMSA selected the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to receive $1,000,000 as part of its Community Safety Training grant program.  The grant allows community organizations to help train state and local personnel responsible for enforcing the safe transportation of hazardous materials. 

“State, local, and tribal emergency officials are almost always the first to respond to hazardous materials incidents,” said Drue Pearce, PHMSA’s Acting Administrator. “These grants are another important resource PHMSA offers communities and response officials to educate, plan, and stay prepared for transportation incidents, including those involving high-hazard flammable trains,”

The following table identifies the states, territories, and Native American tribes receiving PHMSA’s FY2017 HMEP grants.

Table 1: FY 2017 HMEP Grant Funding

American Samoa$67,148Michigan$294,493
Florida$643,447New Hampshire$109,581
Georgia$448,640New Jersey$372,563
Guam$69,580New Mexico$217,490
Hawaii$128,074New York$458,573
Idaho$174,688North Carolina$468,679
Illinois$685,903North Dakota$516,715
Indiana$550,682Northern Mariana Islands$67,647
Maine$129,664Puerto Rico$176,244
Rhode Island$126,607  
South Carolina$261,280  
South Dakota$143,519  
Texas$1,594,000Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe$25,000
Utah$278,155Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona$220,000
Vermont$128,134Kawerak, Inc.$99,282
Virgin Islands$68,103Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribe$101,045
Virginia$339,010Nez Perce$23,940
Washington$314,496Paiute-Shoshone Tribe FRC$68,042
West Virginia$320,048Pueblo of Laguna$52,239
Wisconsin$364,031Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe$50,467

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Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017