PHMSA Issues $25M in Safety Responder Grants

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration or PHMSA – a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation – has made more than $25 million in grants available through two separate programs to train first responders, strengthen safety programs, improve safety, reduce environmental impacts, and educate the public on local safety initiatives.

[Above image by PHMSA]

That especially includes projects that provide support to state inspectors for hazardous materials shipments and pipelines inspections, important safety training and educational programs for emergency response, and advance innovative safety technologies.

Photo by the Federal Railroad Administration

PHMSA noted this grant funding is in direct response to the Norfolk Southern derailment in East Palestine, OH, that upended the lives of the community.

In addition to this existing funding, USDOT has called on Congress to increase funding to expand hazardous materials training for first responders.

“Whether it’s dealing with a pipeline rupture or a train derailment—training is essential to the safety of our first responders and the communities they serve,” said PHMSA Deputy Administrator Tristan Brown in a statement.

Tristan Brown. Photo by PHMSA.

“These grant opportunities will help ensure first responders have what they need to address the unique challenges that exist in communities across the country,” Brown added

The agency noted that two separate notice of funding opportunities – available by clicking here and here – provide more details on eligibility and how that combined grant funding can improve and strengthens pipeline and hazardous materials safety.

Since 2021, PHMSA said it has awarded more than $206 million in grants to eligible recipients for projects, research, and development activities that work to enhance the safety of the nation’s energy pipeline network and hazardous materials transportation.

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