Federal pipeline safety to get extra $67m million and 120 new employees under Obama proposal
17 February 2012
President Obama has announced that he is seeking more resources for pipeline safety following an increase in the number of accidents across the US and growing safety concerns.
President Obama wants to double the number of enforcement agents across the US
The funding is part of the president's $3.8 trillion plan, and would almost double the number of enforcement agents nationwide, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The increase also would cover improvements from research to accident investigation to information databases, according to an agency news release.
The Obama administration has been pushing for safety system upgrades for more than a year in light of deadly explosions in Allentown, Philadelphia and suburban San Francisco.
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