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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750

Application period open for PUCO hazardous material training grants

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Apr. 8, 2019) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the regulatory agency responsible for the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail and commercial motor vehicles within Ohio.

Through the PUCO’s annual hazardous materials training grant program, public safety and emergency services personnel across Ohio are awarded grants for training to best respond to incidents related to hazardous materials. These grants are awarded to local government subdivisions, educational institutions and state agencies in Ohio.

The 2019 grant application period closes on May 31, 2019.

The PUCO offers funding for various types of hazardous materials training, including:

  • Courses involving hazardous materials training on various levels, including first response awareness, operations and technician, highway response specialist, incident command and tank car specialist.
  • Intermodal hazardous materials training.
  • Incident response exercise.
  • Rail hazardous materials response training, including rail/highway incident response training.
  • Hazardous materials planning and survey studies.

In 2018, the PUCO authorized a total of $231,000 to 16 local governments and educational institutions.

Money for these grants comes from fines paid by hazardous material carriers and shippers. To submit an application, visit the PUCO Hazardous materials grant page. Questions about hazardous material training and planning grants can be sent to the PUCO Hazardous Materials Grants Coordinator at HazMatGrants@puco.ohio.gov or (614) 644-6298.



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