Menendez, Booker Announce $460k in DOT Funding to Bolster Emergency Response Planning and Training for Hazardous Material Transportation

Menendez, Booker Announce $460k in DOT Funding to Bolster Emergency Response Planning and Training for Hazardous Material Transportation


NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the State of New Jersey has received a $459,332 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant (HMEP) from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to bolster its response to incidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials.

“While preventing hazmat accidents must be our top goal, we have to make sure we are prepared to respond effectively and quickly should one occur,” said Sen. Menendez. “These federal funds will help strengthen our local emergency response capabilities by providing ongoing training of our first responders and making sure we fully understand where, when and how much hazardous material is being transported through our communities.”

“Federal resources are an important component in ensuring that New Jersey’s emergency responders have the tools and experience necessary to keep our communities safe,” said Sen. Booker. “The funding announced today from the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant will increase planning and training that will go a long way to keep all New Jerseyans safe from any future emergency situations.”

The HMEP program is administered by the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and is designed to allow grantees the ability to implement planning and training programs that address differing needs. This funding will go towards helping the state in:

• developing or revising emergency plans and training activities to account for bulk transportation of energy products by rail and over the road;

• conducting commodity flow studies to determine the frequency and quantity of hazmat shipments being transported through local communities; and

• training emergency responders to respond appropriately to incidents involving bulk shipments of energy products as well as other hazmat.

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