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).
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.