IEMA Awards $435,378 in Grants for Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning

Funds will help 33 Local Emergency Planning Committees enhance emergency plans, response to HazMat incidents


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Grants totaling $435,378 have been awarded to 33 Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) throughout the state by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to enhance local emergency planning and preparedness for hazardous materials incidents.

Funding for the Hazardous Materials Preparedness (HMEP) Planning Grants is awarded annually to the state by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  Allocations are based on the state’s population, the number of miles trucks carrying hazardous materials travel through the state, and potential risk posed by fixed chemical facilities in Illinois.

“These grants support critical local emergency planning activities that ensure the safety of Illinois citizens living and working along major transportation routes for hazardous materials,” said IEMA Acting Director James Joseph.

The grants can be used to develop, improve and implement emergency plans, study flow patterns of hazardous materials through the state, and determine the need for regional hazardous materials emergency response teams.

Joseph noted that IEMA received funding requests for more than $740,000 in local planning projects, but the state’s federal HMEP allocation was just over $435,000.

Grants were awarded to LEPCs in the following jurisdictions:


Carroll                                      $   9,547.30

Champaign                               $   4,260.59

Chicago                                    $ 40,418.71

Christian                                   $   8,704.00

Clay                                         $      869.82

DeKalb                                    $ 32,259.42

DeWitt                                     $   1,532.32

Douglas                                    $ 13,221.52

Fayette                                     $   2,070.46

Franklin                                    $ 30,130.09

Grundy                         $   8,447.20

Hamilton                                   $      950.40

Jefferson                                   $   1,040.00

Kane                                        $   4,323.00

Lake                                        $   9,980.00

LaSalle                         $ 13,656.24

Lee                                          $ 10.820.00

Logan                                       $ 41,609.62

Macon                                     $   8,994.37

McHenry                                  $   1,732.00

McLean                                   $   5,628.37

Mercer                                     $   1,757.68

Montgomery                             $   5,000.00

Rock Island                              $   3,323.75

Saline                                       $ 19,924.80

Sangamon                                $ 29,314.36

Stephenson                               $ 13,716.00

St. Clair                                    $   1,408.00

Tazewell/Woodford/Peoria       $ 14,000.00

Vermilion                                  $   4,042.75

Wayne                                     $   1,380.00

Will                                          $ 53,807.23

Winnebago                               $ 37,508.00

Total                                       $435,378.00