The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced that 21 local governments and pipeline safety groups will receive nearly $940,000 in Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) to help communities and non-profit organizations develop customized pipeline safety and education programs.
“Safety is our highest priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We’re committed to investing in local governments so they have the resources they need to develop pipeline safety programs that best fit their specific communities.”
Technical Assistance Grants fund training for first responders, and safety equipment and data gathering initiatives. One example is the project in Alameda, Calif., to develop a pipeline mapping system that will provide data to emergency responders and land use planners.
“These grants allow local communities and organizations to identify their own specific needs and create a targeted response,” said PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman. “This community-based approach encourages public involvement in pipeline safety, and results in concrete safety improvements.”
TAGs were first awarded in 2009. By 2012, PHMSA had awarded almost $4 million to 93 recipients. Applications are evaluated on merit and by how closely they align with PHMSA’s pipeline safety mission and strategic goals. Recipients may receive up to $50,000. Projects must be completed within one year, and recipients must provide a final report to PHMSA.