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October 4, 2016 1:00 PM, EDT

States Receive $20 Million in Pipeline Safety Grants

Grants totaling $20 million will be distributed to state agencies so they may improve their strategies for dealing with transportation accidents involving hazardous materials, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced Oct. 3.

The grants are designed to help emergency responders ensure the safety of the public during hazardous materials related emergencies. State officials are encouraged to use the grants for developing or revising emergency plans, training emergency responders, and studying the frequency and quantity of hazardous materials shipments transported across communities.

“The Department’s partnership with our states, territories, and tribes is an integral component of our strong national safety program,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These grants are important tools for communities to plan and stay prepared for transportation incidents involving hazardous materials, including those involving high-hazard flammable trains.”

The recipients are listed on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website.