PHMSA announces over $20 million in Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grants

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) 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.

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.

“Our nation’s emergency responders have an immensely challenging job, and this grant funding supports their efforts to protect our communities,” said PHMSA Administrator Marie Therese Dominguez. “PHMSA has taken a comprehensive approach to enhance the safe transportation of energy products that includes prevention, mitigation, and emergency preparedness and response. These grants are another critical element of our focus to improve safety.”

Historically, PHMSA’s HMEP grant program required recipients to use grant funds within the fiscal year it was received. The recipients of the 2016 HMEP grant will be the group to benefit from PHMSA’s updated grant policy, which now allows up to three years for projects funded by the grant to be completed.

HMEP grants are funded by annual user registration fees paid by shippers and carriers of certain hazardous materials in commerce. All 50 states, five US territories, and eight Native American Indian tribes received HMEP grant funding this year.

HMEP Grant Amounts Received by State/Territory/Tribe:

Alabama $558,185

Alaska $150,221

Arizona $266,723

Arkansas $370,575

California $1,503,300

Colorado $448,536

Connecticut $164,130

Delaware $114,975

Florida $635,081

Georgia $443,961

Hawaii $130,165

Idaho $157,554

Illinois $676,732

Indiana $492,480

Iowa $390,454

Kansas $365,291

Kentucky $381,757

Louisiana $565,759

Maine $131,024

Maryland $286,145

Massachusetts $289,099

Michigan $521,254

Minnesota $410,311

Mississippi $265,292

Missouri $429,232

Montana $138,878

Nebraska $278,069

Nevada $180,330

New Hampshire $111,322

New Jersey $369,324

New Mexico $217,490

New York $764,669

North Carolina $463,621

North Dakota $194,331

Ohio $742,272

Oklahoma $408,427

Oregon $258,898

Pennsylvania $659,064

Rhode Island $115,215

South Carolina $260,149

South Dakota $144,617

Tennessee $405,857

Texas $1,503,300

Utah $221,690

Vermont $129,523

Virginia $392,880

Washington $325,379

West Virginia $317,804

Wisconsin $412,944

Wyoming $121,060

 

Territory:

American Samoa $73,033

Guam $75,298

Northern Marianas Islands $73,495

Puerto Rico $170,426

Virgin Islands $71,449

 

Tribe:

Nez Perce $78,391

St Regis $43,470

Pueblo of Laguna $74,455

Paiute Shoshone Tribe $70,514

Shoshone Paiute Fire $63,611

Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation $96,857

Inter Tribal Counsel of AZ $220,413

Poarch Band of Indians $33,300

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