Presentation on theme: "Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration HAZMAT Grant Programs International Association of Fire Chiefs Hazmat Conference Date: May 2015."— Presentation transcript:
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration HAZMAT Grant Programs International Association of Fire Chiefs Hazmat Conference Date: May 2015 Baltimore Presented by Tonya Ngotel, NASTTPO President
Disclaimer Who I’m NOT: PHMSA HMEP Staff Who I AM: PHMSA HMEP Working Group National Association of SARA Title III Program Officials – NASTTPO State of Nebraska, SERC Coordinator
PHMSA Organization Duty—Oversee 2.6 million miles of energy pipelines and close to 1 million daily hazmat shipments. Mission—To protect people and the environment from the risks of hazardous materials transportation. Vision –No harm results from hazardous materials transportation.
NASTTPO Organization www.nasttpo.com MISSON: The National Association of SARA Title III Program Officials (NASTTPO) is made up of members and staff of Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), Tribal Emergency Response Commissions (TERCS), State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) and private industry. NASTTPO’s mission is to serve as advocates of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) and to ensure that States have the appropriate provisions to support the act and that first responders across the nation are prepared in the event of chemical release.
Nebraska SERC and HMEP Program The primary focus of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) is to coordinate hazardous materials chemical planning through the establishment of a state hazmat program. The SERC designates and oversees the Local Emergency Planning Committees known as LEPCs. We coordinate with State and Federal Environmental Protection Agencies and implement the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act within the State of Nebraska. The SERC serves as the pass-through entity for the US Department of Transportation (USDOT)Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning (HMEP) Grant. HMEP monies are provided to the LEPCs to develop and sustain hazmat plans, train first responders and exercise standard operating guidelines.
1984 Bhopal, India Institute, West Virginia 1986 Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) 1990 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant 2005 Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety & Security Reauthorization Act History of Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grants
Hazmat Grants Eligible Entities Non-Profit Employee Organizations National Non-profit Fire Service Organizations Federally Recognized Native American Tribes and Tribal Councils Emergency Management Agencies State Homeland Security Office Environmental Protection Division State Police Civil Defense - 8 -
Hazmat Grants Funding Stream Beneficiaries Public Sector Employees LEPCsHazmat Employees Fire Service Employees Recipients Designated Agencies: States, Territories, Federally Recognized Native American Tribes, Non-profit Employee & National Non-profit Fire Service Organizations Administrators PHMSAHMEP/HMIT/SPST Grant Program Office Source Registration Fees from Hazmat Shippers and Transporters - 9 -
Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) Grant - 10 -
Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) Grant Program Purpose The purpose of the HMIT Grants Program is to train hazmat instructors who will then train hazmat employees in the proper handling of hazardous materials. - 11 -
Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT)Grant - 12 - Eligibility – Must be a Non-profit Employee Organization that demonstrates: An expertise in conducting a training program for hazmat employees, The ability to reach and involve in a training program a target population of hazmat employees.
Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) Grant Funding Uses Eligible funding uses for the HMIT grant are: General awareness/familiarization training Function-specific training Safety training Security awareness training - 13 -
Supplemental Public Sector Training (SPST) Grant - 14 -
Supplemental Public Sector Training (SPST) Grant - 15 - Purpose – This program provides funding to national non-profit fire service organizations for the purpose of training instructors to conduct hazmat response training programs for individuals with a statutory responsibility to respond to respond to hazmat accidents and incidents.
Supplemental Public Sector Training (SPST) Grant - 16 - Eligibility– Must be a National non-profit Fire Service Organization that: Identifies regions or locations in which fire departments or other organizations which provide emergency response to hazardous materials transportation accidents and incidents are in need of hazardous materials training. Prioritizes such needs and develop a means for identifying additional specific training needs. Ensures emergency responders who receive training under the grant will have the ability to protect nearby persons, property, and the environment from the effects of accidents and incidents involving transportation in accordance with existing regulations of the NFPA 472 standard for competence or responders to accidents and incidents involving hazmat.
Supplemental Public Sector Training (SPST) Grant Funding Uses Eligible funding uses for the SPST grant are: Training instructors to conduct hazmat response training programs. Equipment necessary to conduct training programs. Supplies and materials necessary to conduct training programs. - 17 -
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant - 18 -
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant Program Purpose To increase State, Territorial, Tribal, and local effectiveness in safely and efficiently handling hazardous materials accidents and incidents and to encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency training and planning by incorporating the unique challenges of responses to transportation situations. - 19 -
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant The HMEP grant provides 2 funding areas: Planning Training $8,150,000 statutory ceiling $13,650,000 statutory floor - 20 - TOTAL— $21.8M
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Planning Grant 49 U.S.C. 5116(a)- Planning Grants Purpose – To develop, improve, and carry out emergency plans under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). - 21 -
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Planning Grant Eligibility – Must be a State, Territory or Native American tribe and agree to: Certify that the total amount the State or Territory or Native American tribe expends to develop, improve, and carry out emergency plans under the Act will at least equal the average level of expenditure for the last 5 fiscal years. Pass through at least 75 percent of the grant award to local emergency planning committees (LEPCs) for the purpose of, but not limited to developing and or exercising emergency response plans established under section 303(b). - 22 -
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Training Grant 49 U.S.C. 5116(b)- Training Grants Purpose – To train public sector employees to respond to accidents and incidents involving hazardous material. To the extent that a grant is used to train emergency responders. - 23 -
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP)Training Grant Eligibility – Must be a State, Territory or Native American Tribe and agree to: Certify that the total amount the State or Indian tribe expends to develop, improve, and carry out emergency plans under the Act will at least equal the average level of expenditure for the last 5 fiscal years. Use grant award to training public sector employees to respond to accidents or incidents involving the transport of hazardous materials. Make available at least 75 percent of the grant award for the purpose of training public sector employees. Provide written certification that all training is in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association guide (NFPA 472). - 24 -
Calling All Applicants - 26 - Maximizing Participation in PHMSAs Hazmat Grant Programs The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Hazmat Grant Program seeks to increase participation within our grantee communities. Our intent is to optimize the effectiveness of our hazmat grant programs by increasing outreach efforts to attract a larger targeted audience as well as to maintain an ongoing relationship with current stakeholders by using: Conferences, Webinars Brochures, Invitational Letters Web Resources
Invitation to Apply PHMSA encourages all State, Territory, Federally Recognized Native American Tribe, Non-profit Employee, and National Fire Service agencies and organizations, interested in applying and who meet the criteria, to apply for the HMEP, HMIT, or SPST grant via www.grants.gov.www.grants.gov - 27 -
Annual Report to Congress on PHMSA’s Hazmat Grant Programs
Amount of Federal Planning Award for each grantee Amount of Federal Training Award for each grantee Amount of award not expended Common Findings and Concerns: Lack of geographic diversity (rural vs urban) Low data return UNUSED FUNDS – Remember that 21 MILLION Dollars Data Included in Report to Congress
Increased reporting requirements (MAP 21) Refunds or Decrease in Fees Instability of Program Results of Continuous Unspent Funding
Average Unspent – 15-25% State of Responsibility receives $305,000. and gives back.1% State of Disorder receives $177,511 gives back 100% What happens to Responsibility? Results of Continuous Unspent Funding – Let’s Get REAL Disclaimer – These numbers do not reflect actual HMEP amounts and should be considered the opinion of NASTTPO.
Hazmat Grant Program Contact Information General Grant Inquiries HMEP.Grants@dot.govHMEP.Grants@dot.gov or HMIT.Grants@dot.govHMIT.Grants@dot.gov Website: www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/grants Phone: USDOT Hazmat Grant Program Main Line (202)366-1109 - 38 -