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E5–7771 Filed 12–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8014–2] State Innovation Grant Program, Notice of Availability of Solicitation for Proposals for 2006 Awards Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Innovation (NCEI) is giving notice of the availability of its solicitation for proposals for the 2006 grant program to support innovation by state environmental regulatory agencies—the ‘‘State Innovation Grant Program.’’ The solicitation is available at the Agency’s State Innovation Grant Web site: http://www.epa.gov/innovation/ stategrants/solicitation2006.pdf, or may be requested from the Agency by e-mail, telephone, or by mail. Only the principal environmental regulatory agency within each State (generally, where delegated authorities for Federal environmental regulations exist) is eligible to receive these grants. DATES: State environmental regulatory agencies will have until January 20, 2006 to respond with a pre-proposal, budget, and project summary. The environmental regulatory agencies from the fifty (50) States; Washington, DC, and four (4) territories were notified of the solicitation’s availability by fax and e-mail transmittals on December 12, 2005. Copies of the Solicitation can be downloaded from the Agency’s Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/ innovation/stategrants or may be requested by telephone (202–566–2186), or by e-mail (Innovation_State_Grants@epa.gov). You can request a solicitation application package be sent to you by fax or by mail by contacting NCEI as indicated below. Applicants may apply by sending a hardcopy submission of their preproposal to EPA or by applying electronically either through www.grants.gov as explained in Section 4.4 of the solicitation, or directly by email to: Innovation_State_Grants@epa.gov. Applicants must submit the information required below with their application package. Applicants may download individual grant application forms, or electronically request a paper application package and an accompanying computer CD of ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 246 / Friday, December 23, 2005 / Notices information related to applicants/grant recipients roles and responsibilities from EPA’s Grants and Debarment Web site at (http://www.gov/ogd/grants/ how_to_apply.htm). Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation, or questions concerning the solicitation should be sent to: State Innovation Grants Program, National Center for Environmental Innovation, Office of the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (MC 1807T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. (202) 566–2186. (202) 566–2220 FAX. Innovation_State_Grants@epa.gov. For courier delivery only: Sherri Walker, State Innovation Grants Program, U.S. EPA , EPA West Building, Room 4214D, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20005. Proposal responses or questions may also be sent by fax to (202–566–2220), addressed to the ‘‘State Innovation Grant Program,’’or by e-mail to: Innovation_State_Grants@epa.gov. We encourage e-mail responses. If you have questions about responding to this notice, please contact EPA at this e-mail address or fax number, or you may call Sherri Walker at 202–566–2186. EPA will acknowledge all responses it receives to this notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting pre-proposals for an assistance agreement program (the ‘‘State Innovation Grant Program’’) in an effort to support innovation by State environmental regulatory agencies. In April 2002, EPA issued its plan for future innovation efforts, published as Innovating for Better Environmental Result: A Strategy to Guide the Next Generation of Innovation at EPA (EPA 100–R–02–002; http://www.epa.gov/ innovation/pdf/strategy.pdf). This assistance agreement program strengthens EPA’s partnership with the States by assisting State Innovation that supports the Strategy. EPA would like to help States build on previous experience and undertake strategic innovation projects that promote largerscale models for ‘‘next generation’’ environmental protection and promise better environmental results. EPA is interested in funding projects that: (1) Go beyond a single facility experiment to promote change that is ‘‘systemsoriented;’’ (2) provide better results from a program, process, or sector-wide innovation; and (3) promote integrated (cross-media) environmental management with high potential for transfer to other States. ‘‘Innovation in permitting’’ is the theme for the 2006 solicitation. Under VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:55 Dec 22, 2005 Jkt 208001 this theme, EPA is interested in preproposals that: (a) Apply the Environmental Results Program model, an alternative to permitting scheme for small business sectors; (b) Explore the relationship between Environmental Management Systems and permitting; or (c) Seek to build State support for EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track Program or similar State performance-based environmental leadership programs. EPA interprets ‘‘innovation in permitting’’ broadly to include permitting programs, pesticide licensing programs, and other alternatives or supplements to permitting programs. EPA is interested in creative approaches that both (1) achieve mandatory Federal and State standards and (2) encourage performance and address environmental issues above and beyond minimum requirements. This solicitation begins the fourth State Innovation Grant competition. Of the 22 projects that have been awarded in the prior rounds (including those with pending awards) eleven (11) are for development of Environmental Results Programs, seven (7) relate to Environmental Management Systems and permitting, two (2) are to enhance Performance-Based Environmental Leadership programs, two (2) are for Watershed-based permitting, and one (1) is Information Technology for the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to a permitting process. For information on the prior solicitations and awards, please see highlights of previous awards in Attachment 3 of the solicitation, or see the EPA State Innovation Grants Web site at http://www.epa.gov/innovation/ stategrants. Dated: December 8, 2005. Elizabeth Shaw, Director, Office of Environmental Policy Innovation. [FR Doc. E5–7775 Filed 12–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8013–8] Environmental Economics Research Strategy Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Notice of availability of a final document. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is today PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76283 announcing the availability of its Environmental Economics Research Strategy, EPA/600/R–04/195. The Environmental Economics Research Strategy identifies and prioritizes environmental economics and decision science research that will be conducted over the next several years to improve the scientific foundation for EPA’s decision-making and policy initiatives. ADDRESSES: A limited number of copies of the Environmental Economics Research Strategy will be available from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications. Request a copy by telephoning 1–800–490–9198 or 513–489–8190 and providing the title and the EPA number for the document, EPA/600/R–04/195. Internet users may download a copy from the EPA’s Office of Research and Development home page at http://www.epa.gov/ord/htm/ documents/econresearch.pdf. The strategy is also available on EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics home page at http:// yosemite.epa.gov/ee/epa/eed.nsf/ webpages/homepage. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. William Wheeler, National Center for Environmental Research (8722F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone: 202– 343–9828; facsimile: 202–233–0678; Email: wheeler.william@epa.gov or Dr. Brian Heninger, National Center for Environmental Economics (1809T), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone: 202– 566–2270; facsimile: 202–566–2338; Email: heninger.brian@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Environmental Economics Research Strategy was developed to guide future environmental economics research at the Agency. This research strategy outlines EPA’s effort to provide the necessary behavioral science foundation for making decisions and designing environmental policies at the least cost to American businesses and consumers. To be effective the Agency must understand how people and firms make decisions about and affect the environment, and, in turn, how the environment affects Americans’ quality of life. The environmental economics research described in this strategy will become a cornerstone of the economic analyses that EPA needs to develop environmental policy. The Environmental Economics Research Strategy was developed by a team from the National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE) and the National Center for Environmental E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1

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State Innovation Grant Program, Notice of Availability of 
Solicitation for Proposals for 2006 Awards

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for 
Environmental Innovation (NCEI) is giving notice of the availability of 
its solicitation for proposals for the 2006 grant program to support 
innovation by state environmental regulatory agencies--the ``State 
Innovation Grant Program.''
    The solicitation is available at the Agency's State Innovation 
Grant Web site: http://www.epa.gov/innovation/stategrants/
solicitation2006.pdf, or may be requested from the Agency by e-mail, 
telephone, or by mail. Only the principal environmental regulatory 
agency within each State (generally, where delegated authorities for 
Federal environmental regulations exist) is eligible to receive these 
grants.

DATES: State environmental regulatory agencies will have until January 
20, 2006 to respond with a pre-proposal, budget, and project summary. 
The environmental regulatory agencies from the fifty (50) States; 
Washington, DC, and four (4) territories were notified of the 
solicitation's availability by fax and e-mail transmittals on December 
12, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Solicitation can be downloaded from the 
Agency's Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/innovation/stategrants or may 
be requested by telephone (202-566-2186), or by e-mail (Innovation--
State--Grants@epa.gov). You can request a solicitation application 
package be sent to you by fax or by mail by contacting NCEI as 
indicated below.
    Applicants may apply by sending a hardcopy submission of their pre-
proposal to EPA or by applying electronically either through 
www.grants.gov as explained in Section 4.4 of the solicitation, or 
directly by e-mail to: Innovation--State--Grants@epa.gov. Applicants 
must submit the information required below with their application 
package. Applicants may download individual grant application forms, or 
electronically request a paper application package and an accompanying 
computer CD of

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information related to applicants/grant recipients roles and 
responsibilities from EPA's Grants and Debarment Web site at (http://
www.gov/ogd/grants/how_to_apply.htm). Proposals submitted in response 
to this solicitation, or questions concerning the solicitation should 
be sent to: State Innovation Grants Program, National Center for 
Environmental Innovation, Office of the Administrator, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency (MC 1807T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., 
NW., Washington, DC 20460. (202) 566-2186. (202) 566-2220 FAX. 
Innovation--State--Grants@epa.gov.
    For courier delivery only: Sherri Walker, State Innovation Grants 
Program, U.S. EPA , EPA West Building, Room 4214D, 1301 Constitution 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20005.
    Proposal responses or questions may also be sent by fax to (202-
566-2220), addressed to the ``State Innovation Grant Program,''or by e-
mail to: Innovation--State--Grants@epa.gov. We encourage e-mail 
responses. If you have questions about responding to this notice, 
please contact EPA at this e-mail address or fax number, or you may 
call Sherri Walker at 202-566-2186. EPA will acknowledge all responses 
it receives to this notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA) is soliciting pre-proposals for an assistance agreement program 
(the ``State Innovation Grant Program'') in an effort to support 
innovation by State environmental regulatory agencies. In April 2002, 
EPA issued its plan for future innovation efforts, published as 
Innovating for Better Environmental Result: A Strategy to Guide the 
Next Generation of Innovation at EPA (EPA 100-R-02-002; http://
www.epa.gov/innovation/pdf/strategy.pdf). This assistance agreement 
program strengthens EPA's partnership with the States by assisting 
State Innovation that supports the Strategy. EPA would like to help 
States build on previous experience and undertake strategic innovation 
projects that promote larger-scale models for ``next generation'' 
environmental protection and promise better environmental results. EPA 
is interested in funding projects that: (1) Go beyond a single facility 
experiment to promote change that is ``systems-oriented;'' (2) provide 
better results from a program, process, or sector-wide innovation; and 
(3) promote integrated (cross-media) environmental management with high 
potential for transfer to other States.
    ``Innovation in permitting'' is the theme for the 2006 
solicitation. Under this theme, EPA is interested in pre-proposals 
that:
    (a) Apply the Environmental Results Program model, an alternative 
to permitting scheme for small business sectors;
    (b) Explore the relationship between Environmental Management 
Systems and permitting; or
    (c) Seek to build State support for EPA's National Environmental 
Performance Track Program or similar State performance-based 
environmental leadership programs.
    EPA interprets ``innovation in permitting'' broadly to include 
permitting programs, pesticide licensing programs, and other 
alternatives or supplements to permitting programs. EPA is interested 
in creative approaches that both (1) achieve mandatory Federal and 
State standards and (2) encourage performance and address environmental 
issues above and beyond minimum requirements.
    This solicitation begins the fourth State Innovation Grant 
competition. Of the 22 projects that have been awarded in the prior 
rounds (including those with pending awards) eleven (11) are for 
development of Environmental Results Programs, seven (7) relate to 
Environmental Management Systems and permitting, two (2) are to enhance 
Performance-Based Environmental Leadership programs, two (2) are for 
Watershed-based permitting, and one (1) is Information Technology for 
the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to a permitting 
process. For information on the prior solicitations and awards, please 
see highlights of previous awards in Attachment 3 of the solicitation, 
or see the EPA State Innovation Grants Web site at http://www.epa.gov/
innovation/stategrants.

    Dated: December 8, 2005.
Elizabeth Shaw,
Director, Office of Environmental Policy Innovation.
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