PHMSA announces new FAST Act hazmat safety training grant

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced $1 million in grant funding for training and outreach programs to help local communities prepare for transportation incidents involving hazardous materials, including crude oil and ethanol. The new grant program was created by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

This funding can also be used to improve training for state and local personnel who enforce hazardous materials regulations.  Grants for emergency planning ensure emergency responders are informed and able to mitigate and manage a hazardous materials incident.

“Last year, PHMSA awarded $20.2 million in grants to States, territories, and Native American Tribes to support emergency planning for incidents involving hazardous materials,” said PHMSA Administrator Marie Therese Dominguez. “We also awarded $10.9 million in grants to non-profit organizations, including grants that provide training for volunteer or remote emergency responders. Training and education are essential to ensure that local communities have the information they need to prepare for emergencies.”

Most hazardous materials transportation emergency preparedness grants are funded by annual user registration fees paid by shippers and carriers of certain hazardous materials in commerce. The $1 million for the Community Safety Grant was authorized by Congress in the FAST Act and is supported with funds appropriated for hazardous materials safety. The anticipated start date for this FY 2016 grant program is September 30, 2016.

Applicants for this funding opportunity are required to apply electronically through www.grants.gov. The due date for application submission is July 1, 2016, by 5 pm Eastern Time.

For further information, contact the PHMSA Hazardous Materials Grants Division at [email protected] email links icon or call (202) 366-1109.

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