DOT announces hazmat training grants

| Friday, October 05, 2001

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta has announced grants to states, territories and Native American tribes totaling almost $12.8 million for planning and training to improve response to hazardous materials transportation incidents. The funds are available through DOT's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA).

"RSPA's hazardous materials emergency training program is a valuable tool in our effort to improve safety, helping emergency responders to be better prepared in case of hazardous materials incidents," Mineta said in a released statement.

The grant program is funded by user fees paid by shippers and carriers of certain hazardous materials. Since 1993, about 960,000 responders and others have received training assistance nationwide using grant funds from the program. Assistance was also provided to about 4,000 local emergency planning committees throughout the nation in preparing and exercising hazardous materials emergency response plans and in conducting commodity flow studies that identify transportation hazards.

Other federal agencies participating in the program include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The six largest grants were awarded to California, $964,316; Texas, $668,460; Illinois, $612,982; Ohio, $510, 751; New York, $470,968; and Florida, $453,407.

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