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COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 27, 2016) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved twelve hazardous materials training grants totaling $221,485.91.

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:

  • Brown County Local Emergency Planning Committee – $7,200 to conduct a full-scale hazardous materials exercise.
  • Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council of Franklin County – $1,080 to conduct a Local Emergency Planning Committee hazardous materials table-top exercise in Franklin County.
  • Champaign County Emergency Management Agency – $3,931.25 to conduct several hazardous materials training courses.
  • Chagrin Southeast Council of Governments – $3,600 to conduct the 2017 Ohio Hazmat Teams Conference.
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College – $75,000 to conduct two hazardous materials training courses.
  • Clinton County Local Emergency Planning Committee – $8,818.20 to conduct a full-scale hazardous materials exercise.
  • Green Perrysville Joint Fire District – $1,430 to conduct a hazardous materials refresher course.
  • Stark County Emergency Management Agency – $4,320 to fund a hazardous materials transportation commodity flow study.
  • Summit County Emergency Management Agency – $8,859.96 to conduct three 8-hour gasoline cargo tank emergence response workshops.
  • City of Toledo, Department of Public Utilities, Division of Environmental Services – $22,693 to conduct multiple hazardous materials training courses.
  • Wyandot County Emergency Management Agency – $9,553.50 to conduct six hazardous materials training courses.
  • University of Findlay – $75,000 to conduct four hazardous materials training courses.

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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