DOT Awards Grants for Hazardous Materials Planning and Training

Washington, D.C., October 2, 2001–U.S. Transportation Secretary

Norman Y. Mineta announced on Monday that almost $12.8 million in Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness grants are being awarded to states, territories, and Native American tribes for planning and training to improve response to hazardous-materials transportation incidents.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT)Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), more specifically from user fees paid by shippers and carries of certain hazardous materials.

Since 1993, approximately 960,000 responders and others have received training assistance under the grant program. Approximately 4,000 local emergency planning committees were also given assistance to prepare hazardous materials emergency response plans and conduct commodity flow studies that identify transportation hazards. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services also receive assistance for their role in helping DOT develop hazardous materials curriculum guidelines.

Recipients of the six largest grants were California ($964,316), Texas ($668,460), Illinois ($612,982), Ohio ($510,751), New York ($470,968), and Florida ($453,407).

For a complete list of grant recipients, go to http://www/dot gov/affairs/rspa2601.htm.

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