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July 13, 2016 2:00 PM, EDT

Agency Awards Pipeline Safety Training Grants

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on July 13 announced it awarded $3.7 million to help train instructors responsible for training private-sector hazardous materials employees.

PHMSA noted the grants also will be used to back national nonprofit firefighting organizations’ training of instructors of local first responders.

The grant recipients were the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Corp. for Re-Employment and Safety Training, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, the Sustainable Workplace Alliance, the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education, the International Chemical Workers Union Council and the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council.

“These grants are part of our comprehensive approach to improving the safe transportation of hazardous material by highway, rail, water and air,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

“These train-the-trainer grants are a force multiplier in getting more local first responders and employees prepared for when hazmat transportation incidents happen,” PHMSA Administrator Marie Therese Dominguez said.