Senators announce $200,000 for homeland security in Montana

Baucus, Tester say money will be used to protect critical infrastructure

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Thanks to the efforts of Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester, the State of


will receive $199,000 to protect areas surrounding critical infrastructure sites, including dams and power plants.

The Buffer Zone Protection Program, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, provides grants to build security and risk-management programs for critical infrastructure and key resources sites, including dams, refineries, and power plants.

Understanding the need for infrastructure investment, the current Congress increased funding for this vital program. Both Baucus and Tester supported the measure.

“This is about doing what’s right for


,” Baucus said.  “All Montanans benefit when key resource sites in the state are well protected. Adequate funding of federal agencies means these dollars are keeping folks in Big Sky country safe and creating good paying jobs at the same time.”

“Investing in infrastructure is an essential component to keeping our country safe and strong,” said Tester, a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security. “I know that the State of


will put this money to good use making our communities safer.”

The grant will be awarded by the Department of Homeland Security.