U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced grants totaling $4.7 million for first responder training to improve the nation’s ability to manage hazardous materials transportation incidents. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration develops and enforces regulations for the safe, reliable and environmentally sound operation of the nation's 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation system.
Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) grants fund nonprofit hazardous materials employee organizations to train instructors and trainers, who then train private-sector hazmat employees in the proper response to hazmat transportation incidents. The grants are funded by annual registration fees paid by commercial shippers and carriers of certain hazardous materials and provided to the nonprofit organizations by the DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and equal about $3.7 million.
NONPROFIT EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATIONS HMIT GRANT AWARD
International Brotherhood of Teamsters $1,000,000
National Labor College $1,000,000
International Association of Machinists $985,506
International Chemical Workers Union $506,470
The Sustainable Workplace Alliance $257,870
In addition, the DOT awarded a $950,000 Supplemental Public Sector Training (SPST) grant to the International Association of Fire Fighters. SPST grants increase the number of hazmat training instructors available to conduct training programs for local emergency responders.