DOT Awards $1 Million to Hazardous Materials Training Organizations
The money is part of the New Community Safety Grant Program
The DOT’s Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced it has awarded $1 million to two non-profit organizations as part of the new Community Safety Grant program. The program is intended to improve the nation’s response to hazardous materials transportation incidents.
“We are pleased to be able to offer new community safety grants as part of our toolbox of resources that promote safety and help communities prepare for hazardous materials transportation related emergencies,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These new grants will help to provide the resources necessary to train the state and local personnel responsible for enforcing hazardous materials safety requirements across the country.”
Funding is provided to nonprofits so that they can conduct national outreach and training programs to assist communities to enforce hazardous materials regulations, as well as prepare and respond to accidents and incidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials.
“Safety enforcement is an essential part of PHMSA’s commitment in protecting America’s citizens from transportation related accidents,” said PHMSA Administrator Marie Therese Dominguez. “Local law enforcement personnel perform a critical role in ensuring that hazardous materials are moved safely, and this grant will provide them with the training and education they need to continue to serve and protect our communities.”