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$1 million in pipeline safety grants to be awarded

From mid-February until early March 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will be accepting applications for its Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) for pipeline safety initiatives in local neighborhoods and communities around the country.

The agency will accept applications through March 9, 2012, and will give out a total of $1 million by summer 2012. Nonprofit organizations, cities, and similar governmental subdivisions are eligible to apply for and receive the grants.

"Safety is the number one priority of the U.S. Department of Transportation," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "This grant program builds on the pipeline safety bill, recently signed by President Obama, by enabling citizens to be better informed and vital players in decision-making that affects the safety of their communities."

PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman added that the grants were designed to help communities continue to play a vital role in pipeline safety by providing them with the appropriate resources to create solutions for the places they live and work.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is also promoting pipeline safety by continuing its partnership with the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) to address reducing and preventing exposure to equipment operation, trenching, and excavation hazards. Reduce the risk of injury or death by supplying workers with the appropriate safety products during work around or on pipelines, which include hard hats, safety glasses, high visibility safety vests, and work gloves

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