NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (Both D-NJ) today announced$812,674 in federal funding for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The awarding is funded by the United States Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for the state's pipeline safety programs.

"New Jersey's pipelines play an integral role in our state's infrastructure, and neglecting them could cause severe challenges to our environment and public health," said Senator Menendez. "This federal funding will bolster our efforts to keep New Jersey's pipelines modern and secure for all."

"This important federal grant will support the state's pipeline safety programs, which are critical to the safety and stability of our communities, and the wellbeing of our citizens," said Senator Booker.

The New Jersey PHMSA grant is part of their national State Base Grants program that supports state pipeline safety programs nation-wide by reimbursing 80 percent of each state's total program expense. PHMSA's state pipeline safety programs employ approximately 300 inspectors nationally.