The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) ensures the nation’s 2.8-million-mile pipeline system remains safe and environmentally compliant. Along with developing and enforcing the pipeline transportation system, PHMSA also oversees daily shipments of hazardous materials.

To promote safety awareness, training and research, the PHMSA will be accepting applications for up to $17 million in grants. By helping communities all across America, these grants will equip more people with the knowledge and capabilities needed to prevent and respond to a range of hazardous material and pipeline transportation incidents.

PHMSA Grant Offerings

To promote these hazardous materials and pipeline safety efforts, the PHMSA will provide grants to community-based, non-profit and tribal organizations. While the specific number of grant recipients can vary based on factors such as the grant program, funding availability, number of applicants and requested amounts, PHMSA is using the $17 million to provide up to:

  • $1.8 million: With the Technical Assistance Grant program, this funding will be used to discuss and manage both pipeline safety and environmental concerns.
  • $1.25 million: The Community Safety Grant program will use this funding for training and outreach activities to ensure local communities are prepared for any type of hazardous materials accidents and incidents resulting from Class 3 flammable liquids.
  • $2.93 million: Through the Pipeline Safety One-Call and State Damage Prevention grants, funds will assist with reducing damage to the underground pipelines.
  • $2 million: The Pipeline Safety Competitive Academic Agreement Program will apply funding toward research and technologies designed to improve pipeline transportation safety.
  • $1 million: With Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Tribal grants, funding will be used to support native tribes in handling any hazardous materials transportation accidents.
  • $8.1 million: Hazardous Materials Instructor Training, Supplemental Public-Sector Training, and Assistance for Local Emergency Responder Training and outreach programs will use this funding to assist local communities and emergency responders in handling any transportation emergency that involves a hazardous material.

How Does This Benefit the Population?

The main purpose of this $17 million grant is to ensure communities are equipped to prevent and respond to hazardous materials and pipeline transportation incidents. When first responders as well as the general public receive training, many accidents and incidents can be avoided through safety initiatives and the utilization of new technologies.

When these individuals understand how to create local safety initiatives and enforce them, these benefits will extend to the nationwide level as well, helping to keep the entire 2.8-million-mile pipeline system operating safely and efficiently.

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