The P.E.I. government is getting $330,000 from Ottawa to develop a hazardous materials response plan for Atlantic Canada and the New England states.

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There have been several incidents in the Maritimes in the last few months where a hazardous materials response plan could have been useful, says Aaron Campbell, manager of the P.E.I. office of public safety. (Government of P.E.I.)

The study will look at the 10 most likely emergency scenarios involving hazardous materials, where the mutual aid response should come from, and who should pay for that response.

"The project is to look at formalizing some of the arrangements for hazardous materials response that occurs within a province or a state, where the assistance is required from another jurisdiction," said Aaron Campbell, manager of the P.E.I. office of public safety.

"Whether it's province to province, state to state, or across international borders between the U.S. and Canada."

Campbell noted that since July there have been two train derailments in the region involving flammable products that would have fallen under a plan like the one being developed, as well as a truck rollover in western P.E.I.

The hazmat response project is expected to be complete by March of 2015.