DeFazio Announces Grant to Protect Oregonians From Accidents Involving Transportation of Hazardous Materials
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-4) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has awarded the state of Oregon a $251,600 hazardous materials emergency preparedness grant. Funds will be provided to the Office of State Fire Marshal to invest in emergency response training and plans to deal with accidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials.
“I have long called for increased safety standards for the transportation of hazardous materials,” said DeFazio. “I appreciate DOT giving Oregon this grant to help ensure our communities are better prepared to respond to accidents involving hazmat. These resources are critical for emergency planning and making sure our first responders are protected.”
This grant will help the state of Oregon plan and implement safety programs with regards to bulk transportation of energy products by rail and over the road, plan training for emergency responders to respond appropriately to incidents involving bulk shipments of energy products, and more. DeFazio successfully negotiated reauthorization of this grant program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”).
Last week, DeFazio introduced H.R. 4306, legislation requiring a comprehensive review into a proposal by the Trump Administration to increase transport of liquified natural gas (LNG) by rail tank car within the United States. DeFazio’s legislation requires the Federal Railroad Administration and PHMSA to conduct extensive safety testing of rail tank cars to determine whether existing cars are suitable for the safe movement of LNG, requires the agencies to consider operating conditions and benefits to the public and environment, and upon completion of these examinations, requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an independent evaluation to ensure all review requirements have been satisfactorily met.