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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Over $97 Million to Enhance Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety 

Monday, August 17, 2020

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Contact:  Ben Kochman
Tel.:  (202) 366-4831

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced that it is awarding over $97 million in grants through its pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs.  The awards will be distributed to states, local communities, tribal entities, universities, and non-profit organizations to support state pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs.  Award recipients will use the funds for projects such as training first responders, educating the public on local safety initiatives, and encouraging the development of new pipeline technologies.

“This $97 million federal investment in safety will fund important training and educational programs and advance pipeline technology,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The awards include $61 million in Pipeline State Base Formula Grants to 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to support their participation in the federal-state base pipeline safety program, as well as $20 million in Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants to all 50 states, five U.S. territories, and three federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations.  Other grant awards include:

Pipeline Safety Grants

•    $5.4 million in Underground Natural Gas Storage grants
•    $2 million in Competitive Academic Agreement Program awards
•    $1.25 million in State Damage Prevention Program grants
•    $1.2 million in Technical Assistance grants
•    $1.05 million in One Call grants

Hazardous Materials Safety Grants

•    $3.4 million in Hazardous Materials Instructor Training grants
•    $941,000 in Supplemental Public Sector Training grants
•    $750,000 in Community Safety grants

“The grants issued today continue to be an essential part of PHMSA’s commitment to protecting Americans,” said PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott.  “These grants will help states and communities develop specific solutions to meet their individual safety needs regarding hazardous materials and pipeline safety challenges.” 

For additional grant information and a detailed listing of states, territories, tribes, and organizations receiving today’s grants, go to:

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s mission is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives.  Please visit for more information.