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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO awards five hazardous materials training grants

COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 6, 2012) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved five hazardous materials training grants totaling $72,908 to state and local government agencies across Ohio. The grants will be used to train more than 1,000 public safety and emergency services professionals.

The PUCO awarded the grants to the following:

  • Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) – the state of Ohio EMA will receive $38,080 to provide hazardous materials training to 1,440 fire service and law enforcement personnel over the next two years.
  • Butler County EMA – The county EMA will receive $15,000 to help fund a commodity flow study of roadways, railroads and pipelines in the Greater Cincinnati area. The study will identify how hazardous materials are routed through the area and allow emergency managers to determine the appropriate response in the event of an emergency.
  • Medina County EMA – The county EMA will receive $12,900 to fund hazardous materials training for 85 fire service, law enforcement and emergency management personnel.
  • Fairfield County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) – The county LEPC will receive $5,738 to provide hazardous materials training to 158 fire service and law enforcement emergency responders.
  • Delaware County EMA – The county EMA will receive $1,190 to fund a hazmat IQ operations course that will train 60 firefighters.

The PUCO awards hazardous materials planning and training grants to local government subdivisions, educational institutions and state agencies in Ohio. Money for these grants comes from fines paid by hazardous material carriers and shippers. Individual grants are based upon applications to the PUCO and are awarded on a reimbursement basis.

The PUCO has regulatory authority to conduct audits, inspections, and safety reviews to evaluate the safety records, policies, and procedures of motor carriers, including hazardous materials carriers. The PUCO hazardous materials transportation program has been recognized by Battelle Memorial Institute as one of the best and most comprehensive such programs in the nation.

For more information about the PUCO’s hazardous materials planning and training grants program, please visit the motor carrier section of www.PUCO.ohio.gov.

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