In September, PHMSA announced that it is awarding $90 million in pipeline safety grants across the United States in the Fiscal Year 2018. These funds have been awarded at the state, local, tribal, and non-profit levels. These grants will support pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs, including first responder training, public education on safety initiatives, and development of community incident response plans. In a recent interview, PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott said, “Hazardous materials safety is a shared responsibility in which better informed and trained communities play a vital role.”
In addition, PHMSA also announced awarding more than $3.8 million to eleven different universities to support pipeline safety technology research. This program, Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP), promotes pipeline safety research and innovation at the college level. Universities participating in this program include the following: University of Alaska Anchorage, Ohio State University, University of Akron, University of Texas at Austin, Colorado School of Mines, Georgia Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, North Dakota State University, Texas A&M, University of Missouri, and the University of Nebraska. Elliott stated, “Students participating in CAAP research projects will evaluate new approaches to reducing corrosion and other safety challenges facing the nation’s 2.7-million-mile pipeline network.”
To learn more about the grants available and view a detailed list of states, territories, tribes, and organizations receiving PHMSA’s FY18 safety grants, go to https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/news/2018-phmsa-grant-recipients-and-award-amounts.