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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO awards hazardous materials training grants

COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 2, 2012) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved seven hazardous materials training grants totaling $336,531 to local government agencies and educational institutions 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:

  • The University of Findlay – The university will receive $270,445 to fund 106 emergency response training courses across Ohio.
  • Portage County Hazmat Team – The county will receive $19,170 to provide specialized training to 90 emergency responders.
  • Chagrin/Southeast Council of Governments – The organization will receive $17,000 to provide hazardous materials training to more than 250 emergency responders in the Cleveland area.
  • City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services – The city will receive $11,715 to fund three hazardous materials radiological courses that will train more than 250 emergency responders in Lucas County.
  • Dayton Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team – The regional team will receive $6,661 to fund a hazardous materials workshop that will train 96 emergency responders in the Dayton area.
  • City of Franklin Division of Fire – The city will receive $5,990 to send two firefighters to industrial fire and hazard training.
  • Shawnee Township Fire Department – The township will receive $5,550 to send three firefighters to industrial fire and hazard training.

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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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe, and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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