WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced it is issuing $20.4 million in Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants to states, territories, and Native American tribes to enhance their ability to respond to hazardous materials transportation incidents.
The grants allow emergency response personnel to maintain the safety of themselves and the public when responding to hazardous materials related emergencies.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, said, “These grants are important tools for communities to plan and stay prepared for transportation incidents involving hazardous materials, including those involving high-hazard flammable trains.”
The HMEP grant program is part of DOT’s comprehensive approach to improving the safe transportation of crude oil and other hazardous material across the country. PHMSA’s HMEP grants program allows recipients to design and implement planning and training programs according to their specific needs.
For this grant cycle, HMEP applicants were encouraged to allocate funding towards developing or revising emergency plans and training activities to account for bulk transportation of energy product by rail and over the road, conducting commodity flow studies to determine the frequency and quantity of hazardous materials shipments being transported through local communities, and training emergency responders to respond appropriately to incidents involving hazardous materials.