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

PUCO awards 16 hazardous materials training grants

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Oct. 24, 2018) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved sixteen hazardous materials training grants totaling $231,029.19.

The PUCO plays an important role in ensuring that motor carriers are safely transporting hazardous materials throughout Ohio. Through the PUCO’s 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.

The PUCO awarded the following grants:

  • Chagrin/Southeast Council of Governments– $3,973.41 to conduct the 2018 Ohio Hazmat Teams Conference.
  • Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council – $2,119.21 to conduct a hazardous materials training exercise for Franklin County.
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College – $104,974.95 to conduct two hazardous materials training courses.
  • City of Mason Fire Department & Northeast Fire Collaborative – $8,927.17 to fund a hazardous materials training course.
  • City of Toledo, Division of Environmental Services– $17,088.78 to fund four hazardous materials training courses.
  • Darke County Local Emergency Planning Committee– $1,742.42 to fund a hazardous materials training course.
  • Dayton Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team– $6,780.94 to fund a hazardous materials training course.
  • Delaware County Emergency Management Agency– $2,860.93 to fund a hazardous materials training course.
  • Fairfield County Emergency Management Agency– $5,475.55 to conduct a hazardous materials training course.
  • Greater Cincinnati Hazmat Unit & Evandale Fire Department – $5,372.46 to conduct a hazardous materials training course.
  • Hamilton County Local Emergency Planning Committee – $12,377.26 to fund a hazardous materials training course.
  • Payne Fire Department – $3,484.84 to conduct a hazardous materials training course.
  • Stark County Local Emergency Planning Committee – $3,250.87 to fund a transportation commodity flow study.
  • Summit County Emergency Management Agency (Special Ops Response Team, HazMat Branch) – $4,768.22 to conduct three hazardous materials training courses.
  • The University of Findlay – $45,871.90 to fund three hazardous materials training courses.
  • Warren County Local Emergency Planning Committee – $1,960.27 to fund a hazardous materials training exercise.

 

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.

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