For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750
COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 11, 2014) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved two hazardous materials training grants totaling $130,199. The grants will be used to train more than 2,000 public safety and emergency services professionals.
The PUCO awarded the following grants:
Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council – The council will receive $65,000 to conduct hazardous materials exercises and a commodity flow study.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College – The college will receive $65,199 to conduct training courses for local fire service, law enforcement and emergency managers from Adam, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties.
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 of 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.
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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