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Federal hazardous transportation grants promised to state

WASHINGTON — States will share in $20.2 million in federal grants that can be used to prepare for oil transportation disasters.

In the Upper Midwest, Minnesota will get nearly $426,000, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Wednesday. North Dakota, the nation’s No. 2 oil producer, expects $192,000 and South Dakota $171,000.

The three states plan to use at least part of their money to train for crude oil problems on railroads. Rails transport much of the oil being pumped from the Bakken region of western North Dakota.

“Safety is our highest priority and these grants will help first responders across the country get the training they need to stay safe and protect other people,” said Foxx, who visited North Dakota last week. “Well-trained first responders play a critical role in any hazardous materials incident, including those involving crude oil.”

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