Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 128(a); Notice of Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs, 65328-65335 [E7-22664]

Download as PDF 65328 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 223 / Tuesday, November 20, 2007 / Notices 7. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the Docket ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal Register citation. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES What Information Collection Activity or ICR Does this Apply to? Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action (with SIC Code/ 2002 NAICS Code indicated in parentheses) are refiners (2911/324110), importers (5172/424720), pipelines (4613), petroleum marketers and other distributors (5171, 5172/424710, 424720), terminals (5171/424710), fuel oil dealers (5172/424720), fuel additive manufacturers (2911/424720), petroleum retailers and wholesale purchaser-consumers (5171, 5172/ 424710, 424720) and laboratories (8734/ 541380). Title: Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Motor Vehicle and Non-Road Diesel Fuel. ICR numbers: EPA ICR No 1718.08, OMB Control No. 2060–0308. ICR status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire January 31, 2008. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA’s regulations in title 40 of the CFR, after appearing in the Federal Register when approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9. They are also displayed by publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such as on the related collection instrument or form. The display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9. Abstract: This ICR covers recordkeeping and reporting requirements for motor vehicle diesel fuel and non-road, locomotive and marine diesel fuel. It also includes recordkeeping and reporting associated with the placement of codes on dyed diesel fuel (the dye is required under IRS regulations). The main purpose for recordkeeping and reporting is to ensure compliance with the regulations at 40 CFR part 80, Subpart I—Motor Vehicle, Non-Road, Locomotive, and Marine Diesel Fuel. Because the diesel fuel regulations are written to permit several types of flexibility, periodic reporting (annual and quarterly) is necessary in order for EPA to monitor compliance. Most reporting is mandatory. Parties may assert a claim of business confidentiality and submissions covered by such a claim will be treated in accordance with procedures at 40 CFR VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:01 Nov 19, 2007 Jkt 214001 part 2 and established Agency procedures. Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.6 hours per response. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; adjust the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable instructions and requirements which have subsequently changed; train personnel to be able to respond to a collection of information; search data sources; complete and review the collection of information; and transmit or otherwise disclose the information. A document entitled ‘‘Draft Annual Burdens associated with Motor Vehicle and Non-Road Diesel Fuel/Applicable January 2008 through December 2010’’ has been placed in Docket No. EPA– HQ–OAR–2007–1121. This draft document provides a more detailed explanation of the Agency’s estimate, which is only briefly summarized here: Estimated total number of potential respondents: 4,675. Frequency of response: Annual, quarterly, and/or on occasion. Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 91.1 Estimated total annual burden hours: 426,075 hours. Estimated total annual costs: $2,626,000 (All purchased services.) Are There Changes in the Estimates From the Last Approval? There is a decrease of 48,083 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with that identified in the ICR currently approved by OMB. This decrease is due in large part to reporting requirements that are no longer applicable to all or most parties (e.g. initial registration, application for small refiner status, and pre-compliance reporting). There is also an associated decrease of $5,874,000 in costs and an associated decrease of 18,036 in the number of responses. What is the Next Step in the Process for this ICR? EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB. If you have any questions about this ICR or the approval process, please contact the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Dated: November 9, 2007. Karl J. Simon, Director, Compliance and Innovative Strategies Division, Office of Transportation and Air Quality. [FR Doc. E7–22660 Filed 11–19–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8497–6] Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 128(a); Notice of Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to accept requests, from December 1, 2007 through January 31, 2008, for grants to supplement State and Tribal Response Programs. This notice provides guidance on eligibility for funding, use of funding, grant mechanisms and process for awarding funding, the allocation system for distribution of funding, and terms and reporting under these grants. EPA has consulted with state and tribal officials in developing this guidance. The primary goal of this funding is to ensure that state and tribal response programs include, or are taking reasonable steps to include, certain elements and a public record. Another goal is to provide funding for other activities that increase the number of response actions conducted or overseen by a state or tribal response program. This funding is not intended to supplant current state or tribal funding for their response programs. Instead, it is to supplement their funding to increase their response capacity. For fiscal year 2008, EPA will consider funding requests up to a maximum of $1.5 million per state or tribe. Subject to the availability of funds, EPA regional personnel will be E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 223 / Tuesday, November 20, 2007 / Notices pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES available to provide technical assistance to states and tribes as they apply for and carry out these grants. DATES: This action is effective as of December 1, 2007. EPA expects to make non-competitive grant awards to states and tribes which apply during fiscal year 2008. ADDRESSES: Mailing addresses for U.S. EPA Regional Offices and U.S. EPA Headquarters can be located at http:// www.epa.gov/brownfields. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The U.S. EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, (202) 566–2777. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 128(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, authorizes a noncompetitive $50 million grant program to establish and enhance state 1 and tribal 2 response programs. Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields sites and other sites with actual or perceived contamination. Section 128(a) cooperative agreements are awarded and administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional offices. This document provides guidance that will enable states and tribes to apply for and use Fiscal Year 2008 Section 128(a) funds. Requests for funding will be accepted from December 1, 2007 through January 31, 2008. States or tribes that fail to submit the request in the appropriate manner may forfeit their ability to request funds. Requests submitted by the January 31, 2008 request deadline are preliminary; final cooperative agreement work plans and budgets will be negotiated with the regional offices once final allocation determinations are made. As in prior years, EPA will place special emphasis on reviewing a cooperative agreement recipients’ use of prior 128(a) funding in making allocation decisions. Note, EPA has clarified the limits on using Section 128(a) funds to assess and cleanup specific brownfields sites. Also included are the reporting requirements for ‘‘Reporting Program Activity Levels’’ that must be submitted by January 31, 2008. 1 The term ‘‘state’’ is defined in this document as defined in CERCLA Section 101(27). 2 The term ‘‘Indian tribe’’ is defined in this document as it is defined in CERCLA Section 101(36). Intertribal consortia, as defined in the Federal Register Notice at 67 FR 67181, Nov. 4, 2002, are also eligible for funding under CERCLA Section 128(a). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:01 Nov 19, 2007 Jkt 214001 States and tribes requesting funds are required to provide a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number with their final cooperative agreement package. For more information, please go to http:// www.grants.gov. The Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance entry for the Section 128(a) State and Tribal Response Program cooperative agreements is 66.817. Background State and tribal response programs oversee assessment and cleanup activities at the majority of brownfields sites across the country. The depth and breadth of state and tribal response programs vary. Some focus on CERCLA related activities, while others are multifaceted, for example, addressing sites regulated by both CERCLA and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Many state programs also offer accompanying financial incentive programs to spur cleanup and redevelopment. In passing Section 128(a),3 Congress recognized the accomplishments of state and tribal response programs in cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields sites. Section 128(a) also provides EPA with an opportunity to strengthen its partnership with states and tribes. The primary goal of this funding is to ensure that state and tribal response programs include, or are taking reasonable steps to include, certain elements and a ‘‘public record.’’ The secondary goal is to provide funding for other activities that increase the number of response actions conducted or overseen by a state or tribal response program. This funding is not intended to supplant current state or tribal funding for their response programs. Instead, it is to supplement their funding to increase their response program’s capacity. Subject to the availability of funds, EPA regional personnel will be available to provide technical assistance to states and tribes as they apply for and carry out Section 128(a) cooperative agreements. Eligibility for Funding To be eligible for funding under CERCLA Section 128(a), a state or tribe must: • Demonstrate that their response program includes, or is taking reasonable steps to include, the four elements of a response program, described below; or (b) be a party to 3 The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (SBLRBRA) was signed into law on January 11, 2002. The Act amends CERCLA by adding Section 128(a). PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65329 voluntary response program Memorandum of Agreement (VRP MOA) 4 with EPA; and • Maintain and make available to the public a record of sites at which response actions have been completed in the previous year and are planned to be addressed in the upcoming year, see CERCLA Section 128(b)(1)(C). Matching Funds/Cost-Share States and tribes are not required to provide matching funds for cooperative agreements awarded under Section 128(a), with the exception of the Section 128(a) funds a state or tribe uses to capitalize a Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund under CERCLA Section 104(k)(3). The Four Elements—Section 128(A) Section 128(a) recipients that do not have a VRP MOA with EPA must demonstrate that their response program includes, or is taking reasonable steps to include, the four elements. Achievement of the four elements should be viewed as a priority. Section 128(a) authorizes funding for activities necessary to establish and enhance the four elements and to establish and maintain the public record requirement. Generally, the four elements are: Timely survey and inventory of brownfields sites in state or tribal land. EPA’s goal in funding activities under this element is to enable the state or tribe to establish or enhance a system or process that will provide a reasonable estimate of the number, likely locations, and the general characteristics of brownfields sites in their state or tribal lands. EPA recognizes the varied scope of state and tribal response programs and will not require states and tribes to develop a ‘‘list’’ of brownfields sites. However, at a minimum, the state or tribe should develop and/or maintain a system or process that can provide a reasonable estimate of the number, likely location, and general characteristics of brownfields sites within their state or tribal lands. Given funding limitations, EPA will negotiate work plans with states and tribes to achieve this goal efficiently and effectively, and within a realistic time frame. For example, many of EPA’s Brownfields Assessment cooperative agreement recipients conduct inventories of brownfields sites in their communities or jurisdictions. EPA 4 The legislative history of SBLRBRA indicates that Congress intended to encourage states and Tribes to enter into MOAs for their voluntary response programs. States or tribes that are parties to VRP MOAs and that maintain and make available a public record are automatically eligible for Section 128(a) funding. E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES 65330 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 223 / Tuesday, November 20, 2007 / Notices encourages states and tribes to work with these cooperative agreement recipients to obtain the information that they have gathered and include it in their survey and inventory. Oversight and enforcement authorities or other mechanisms and resources. EPA’s goal in funding activities under this element is to have state and tribal response programs that include oversight and enforcement authorities or other mechanisms, and resources that are adequate to ensure that: • A response action will protect human health and the environment and be conducted in accordance with applicable federal and state law; and • The necessary response activities are completed if the person conducting the response activities fails to complete the necessary response activities (this includes operation and maintenance or long-term monitoring activities). Mechanisms and resources to provide meaningful opportunities for public participation.5 EPA’s goal in funding activities under this element is to have states and tribes include in their response program mechanisms and resources for public participation, including, at a minimum: • Public access to documents and related materials that a state, tribe, or party conducting the cleanup is relying on or developing in making cleanup decisions or conducting site activities; • Prior notice and opportunity for public comment on cleanup plans and site activity; and • A mechanism by which a person who is, or may be, affected by a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant at a brownfields site—located in the community in which the person works or resides—may request that a site assessment be conducted. The appropriate state or tribal official must consider this request and appropriately respond. Mechanisms for approval of a cleanup plan and verification and certification that cleanup is complete. EPA’s goal in funding activities under this element is to have states and tribes include in their response program mechanisms to approve cleanup plans and to verify that response actions are complete, including a requirement for certification or similar documentation from the state, the tribe, or a licensed site professional to the person conducting the response action that the response action is 5 States and tribes establishing this element may find useful information on public participation on EPA’s community involvement Web site at http:// www.epa.gov/superfund/action/community/ index.htm VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:01 Nov 19, 2007 Jkt 214001 complete. Written approval by a state or tribal response program official of a proposed cleanup plan is an example of an approval mechanism. Public Record Requirement In order to be eligible for Section 128(a) funding, states and tribes (including those with MOAs) must establish and maintain a public record system, described below, in order to receive funds. Specifically, under Section 128(b)(1)(C), states and tribes must: • Maintain and update, at least annually or more often as appropriate, a record of sites that includes the name and location of sites at which response actions have been completed during the previous year; • Maintain and update, at least annually or more often as appropriate, a record of sites that includes the name and location of sites at which response actions are planned to be addressed in the next year; and • Identify in the public record whether or not the site, upon completion of the response action, will be suitable for unrestricted use. If not, the public record must identify the institutional controls relied on in the remedy. Section 128(a) funds may be used to maintain and make available a public record system that meets the requirements discussed above. Distinguishing the ‘‘survey and inventory’’ element from the ‘‘public record.’’ It is important to note that the public record requirement differs from the ‘‘timely survey and inventory’’ element described in the ‘‘Four Elements’’ section above. The public record addresses sites at which response actions have been completed in the previous year and are planned to be addressed in the upcoming year. In contrast, the ‘‘timely survey and inventory’’ element, described above, refers to a general approach to identifying brownfields sites. Making the public record easily accessible. EPA’s goal is to enable states and tribes to make the public record and other information, such as information from the ‘‘survey and inventory’’ element, easily accessible. For this reason, EPA will allow states and tribes to use Section 128(a) funding to make the public record, as well as other information, such as information from the ‘‘survey and inventory’’ element, available to the public via the internet or other means. For example, the Agency would support funding state and tribal efforts to include detailed location information in the public record such as the street address and PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 latitude and longitude information for each site.6 A state or tribe may also choose to use the Section 128(a) funds to make their survey and inventory information available on the internet as well. In an effort to reduce cooperative agreement reporting requirements and increase public access to the public record, EPA encourages states and tribes to place their public record on the internet. If a state or tribe places the public record on the internet, maintains the substantive requirements of the public record, and provides EPA with the link to that site, EPA will, for purposes of cooperative agreement funding only, deem the public record reporting requirement met. Long-term maintenance of the public record. EPA encourages states and tribes to maintain public record information, including data on institutional controls, on a long term basis (more than one year) for sites at which a response action has been completed. Subject to EPA regional office approval, states or tribes may include development and operation of systems that ensure long term maintenance of the public record, including information on institutional controls, in their work plans.7 Use of Funding Overview Section 128(a)(1)(B) describes the eligible uses of cooperative agreement funds by states and tribes. In general, a state or tribe may use a cooperative agreement to ‘‘establish or enhance’’ their response programs, including elements of the response program that include activities related to responses at brownfields sites with petroleum contamination. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, the following: • Develop legislation, regulations, procedures, ordinances, guidance, etc. that would establish or enhance the administrative and legal structure of their response programs; • Establish and maintain the required public record described above. EPA considers activities related to maintaining and monitoring institutional controls to be eligible costs under Section 128(a); or • Conduct limited site-specific activities, such as assessment or cleanup, provided such activities 6 For further information on latitude and longitude information, please see EPA’s data standards Web site available at http:// oaspub.epa.gov/edr/epastd$.startup. 7 States and tribes may find useful information on institutional controls on EPA’s institutional controls Web site at http://www.epa.gov/superfund/ action/ic/index.htm. E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 223 / Tuesday, November 20, 2007 / Notices funds may be used for outreach and training directly related to increasing awareness of its response program, and improving the skills of program staff. It may also include developing better coordination and understanding of other state response programs, e.g., RCRA or USTs. Other ‘‘enhancement’’ uses may be allowable as well. Uses Related to ‘‘Establishing’’ a State or Tribal Response Program Under CERCLA Section 128(a), ‘‘establish’’ includes activities necessary to build the foundation for the four elements of a state or tribal response program and the public record requirement. For example, a state or tribal response program may use Section 128(a) funds to develop regulations, ordinances, procedures, or guidance. For more developed state or tribal response programs, ‘‘establish’’ may also include activities that keep their program at a level that meets the four elements and maintains a public record required as a condition of funding under CERCLA Section 128(b)(1)(C). pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES establish and/or enhance the response program and are tied to the four elements. EPA will not provide Section 128(a) funds solely for assessment or cleanup of specific brownfields sites; site specific activities must be an incidental part of an overall Section 128(a) work plan that includes funding for other activities that establish or enhance the four elements. • Capitalize a revolving loan fund (RLF) for brownfields cleanup under CERCLA Section 104(k)(3). These RLFs are subject to the same statutory requirements and cooperative agreement terms and conditions applicable to RLFs awarded under Section 104(k)(3). Requirements include a 20% match on the amount of Section 128(a) funds used for the RLF, a prohibition on using EPA cooperative agreement funds for administrative costs relating to the RLF, and a prohibition on using RLF loans or subgrants for response costs at a site for which the recipient may be potentially liable under Section 107 of CERCLA. Other prohibitions contained in CERCLA Section 104(k)(4) also apply; • Purchase environmental insurance or develop a risk-sharing pool, indemnity pool, or insurance mechanism to provide financing for response actions under a state or tribal response program; Uses Related to Site-Specific Assessment and Cleanup Activities Uses Related to ‘‘Enhancing’’ a State or Tribal Response Program Under CERCLA Section 128(a), ‘‘enhance’’ is related to activities that add to or improve a state or tribal response program or increase the number of sites at which response actions are conducted under a state or tribal response program. The exact ‘‘enhancement’’ uses that may be allowable depend upon the work plan negotiated between the EPA regional office and the state or tribe. For example, regional offices and states or tribes may agree that Section 128(a) VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:01 Nov 19, 2007 Jkt 214001 Uses Related to Site-Specific Activities States and tribes may use Section 128(a) funds for activities that improve state or tribal capacity to increase the number of sites at which response actions are conducted under the state or tribal response program. Eligible uses of funds include, but are not limited to, site-specific activities such as: • Conducting assessments or cleanups at brownfields sites (see next section for additional information); • Oversight of response action; • Technical assistance to federal brownfields cooperative agreement recipients; • Development and/or review of sitespecific quality assurance project plans (QAPPs); • Preparation and submission of Property Profile Forms; and • Auditing site cleanups to verify the completion of the cleanup. Site-specific assessment and cleanup activities should establish and/or enhance the response program and be tied to the four elements. EPA will not provide Section 128(a) funds solely for assessment or cleanup of specific brownfields sites; site specific activities must be an incidental part of an overall Section 128(a) work plan that includes funding for other activities that establish or enhance the four elements. Sitespecific assessments and cleanups must comply with all applicable federal and state laws and are subject to the following restrictions: • Section 128(a) funds can only be used for assessments or cleanups at sites that meet the definition of a brownfields site at CERCLA Section 101(39). • Absent EPA approval, no more than $200,000 per site can be funded for assessments with Section 128(a) funds, and no more than $200,000 per site can be funded for cleanups with Section 128(a) funds. • Absent EPA approval, the state/ tribe may not use funds awarded under this agreement to assess and clean up sites owned by the recipient. • Assessments and cleanups cannot be conducted at sites where the state/ tribe is a potentially responsible party PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65331 pursuant to CERCLA Section 107, except: Æ At brownfields sites contaminated by a controlled substance as defined in CERCLA Section 101(39)(D)(ii)(I); or Æ When the recipient would satisfy all of the elements set forth in CERCLA Section 101(40) to qualify as a bona fide prospective purchaser except that the date of acquisition of the property was on or before January 11, 2002. • Subgrants cannot be provided to entities that may be potentially responsible parties (pursuant to CERCLA Section 107) at the site for which the assessment or cleanup activities are proposed to be conducted, except: Æ At brownfields sites contaminated by a controlled substance as defined in CERCLA Section 101(39)(D)(ii)(I); or Æ When the recipient would satisfy all of the elements set forth in CERCLA Section 101(40) to qualify as a bona fide prospective purchaser except that the date of acquisition of the property was on or before January 11, 2002. Costs Incurred for Activities at ‘‘NonBrownfields’’ Sites Costs incurred for activities at nonbrownfields sites, e.g., oversight, may be eligible and allowable if such activities are included in the state’s or tribe’s work plan. For example, auditing completed site cleanups in jurisdictions where states or tribes use licensed site professionals, to verify that sites have been properly cleaned up, may be an eligible cost under Section 128(a). These costs need not be incurred in connection with a brownfields site to be eligible, but must be authorized under the state’s or tribe’s work plan to be allowable. Other uses may be eligible and allowable as well, depending upon the work plan negotiated between the EPA regional office and the state or tribe. However, assessment and cleanup activities may only be conducted on eligible brownfields sites, as defined in CERCLA Section 101(39). Uses Related to Site-Specific Activities at Petroleum Brownfields Sites States and tribes may use Section 128(a) funds for activities that establish and enhance their response programs, even if their response programs address petroleum contamination. Also, the costs of site-specific activities, such as site assessments or cleanup at petroleum contaminated brownfields sites, defined at CERCLA Section 101(39)(D)(ii)(II), are eligible and are allowable if the activity is included in the work plan negotiated between the EPA regional office and the state or tribe. Section 128(a) funds used to E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1 65332 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 223 / Tuesday, November 20, 2007 / Notices capitalize a Brownfields RLF may be used at brownfields sites contaminated by petroleum to the extent allowed under the CERCLA Section 104(k)(3) RLF. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES General Programmatic Guidelines for 128(A) Grant Funding Requests Funding authorized under CERCLA Section 128(a) is awarded through a cooperative agreement 8 with a state or tribe. The program is administered under the general EPA grant and cooperative agreement regulations for states, tribes, and local governments found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 40 CFR part 31. Under these regulations, the cooperative agreement recipient for Section 128(a) grant program is the government to which a cooperative agreement is awarded and which is accountable for the use of the funds provided. The cooperative agreement recipient is the entire legal entity even if only a particular component of the entity is designated in the cooperative agreement award document. One application per state or tribe. Subject to the availability of funds, EPA regional offices will negotiate and enter into Section 128(a) cooperative agreements with eligible and interested states or tribes. EPA will accept only one application from each eligible state or tribe. Define the State or Tribal Response Program. States and tribes must define in their work plan the ‘‘Section 128(a) response program(s)’’ to which the funds will be applied, and may designate a component of the state or tribe that will be EPA’s primary point of contact for negotiations on their proposed work plan. When EPA funds the Section 128(a) cooperative agreement, states and tribes may distribute these funds among the appropriate state and tribal agencies that are part of the Section 128(a) response program. This distribution must be clearly outlined in their annual work plan. Separate cooperative agreements for the capitalization of RLFs using Section 128(a) funds. If a portion of the 128(a) grant funds requested will be used to capitalize a revolving loan fund for cleanup, pursuant to 104(k)(3), two separate cooperative agreements must be awarded, i.e., one for the RLF and 8 A cooperative agreement is an assistance agreement to a state or a tribe that includes substantial involvement of EPA regional enforcement and program staff during performance of activities described in the cooperative agreement work plan. Examples of this involvement include technical assistance and collaboration on program development and site-specific activities. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:01 Nov 19, 2007 Jkt 214001 one for non-RLF uses. States and tribes may, however, submit one initial request for funding, delineating the RLF as a proposed use. Section 128(a) funds used to capitalize an RLF are not eligible for inclusion into a Performance Partnership Grant (PPG). Authority to Manage a Revolving Loan Fund Program. If a state or tribe chooses to use its 128(a) funds to capitalize a revolving loan fund program, the state or tribe must have the authority to manage the program, e.g., issue loans. If the agency/department listed as the point of contact for the 128(a) cooperative agreement does not have this authority, it must be able to demonstrate that another state or tribal agency does have the authority to manage the RLF and is willing to do so. Section 128(a) cooperative agreements are eligible for inclusion in the Performance Partnership Grant (PPG). States and tribes may include Section 128(a) cooperative agreements in their PPG. 69 FR 51756 (2004). Section 128(a) funds used to capitalize an RLF are not eligible for inclusion in the PPG. Project Period. EPA regional offices will determine the project period for each cooperative agreement. These may be for multiple years depending on the regional office’s cooperative agreement policies. Each cooperative agreement must have an annual budget period tied to an annual work plan. Demonstrating the Four Elements. As part of the annual work plan negotiation process, states or tribes that do not have VRP MOAs must demonstrate that their program includes, or is taking reasonable steps to include, the four elements described above. EPA will not fund, in future years, state or tribal response program annual work plans if EPA determines that these requirements are not met or reasonable progress is not being made. EPA may base this determination on the information the state or tribe provides to support its work plan, or on EPA’s review of the state or tribal response program. Establishing and Maintaining the Public Record. Prior to funding a state’s or tribe’s annual work plan, EPA regional offices will verify and document that a public record, as described above, exists and is being maintained.9 • States or tribes that received initial funding in FY03, FY04, FY05, or FY06: Requests for FY08 funds will not be accepted from states or tribes that fail to 9 For purposes of cooperative agreement funding, the state’s or tribe’s public record applies to that state’s or tribe’s response program(s) that utilized the Section 128(a) funding. PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 demonstrate, by the January 31, 2008 request deadline, that they established and are maintaining a public record. (Note, this would potentially impact any state or tribe that had a term and condition placed on their FY07 cooperative agreement that prohibited drawdown of FY07 funds prior to meeting public record requirement.) States or tribes in this situation will not be prevented from drawing down their prior year funds, once the public record requirement is met, but will be restricted from applying for FY08 funding. • States or Tribes that received initial funding in FY07: by the time of the actual FY08 award, the state or tribe must demonstrate that they established and maintained the public record (those states and tribes that do not meet this requirement will have a term and condition placed on their FY08 cooperative agreement that prevents the drawdown of FY08 funds until the public record requirement is met). • Recipients receiving funds for the first time in FY08: these recipients have one year to meet this requirement and may utilize the 128(a) cooperative agreement funds to do so. Demonstration of Significant Utilization of Prior Years Funding. During the allocation process, EPA headquarters places significant emphasis on the utilization of prior years’ funding. When submitting your request for FY08 funds, the following information must be submitted: • For those states and tribes with Superfund VCP Core or Targeted Brownfields Assessment cooperative agreements awarded under CERCLA Section 104(d), you must provide, by agreement number, the amount of funds that have not been requested for reimbursement (i.e., those funds that remain in EPA’s Financial Data Warehouse) and must provide a detailed explanation and justification for why such funds should not be considered in the funding allocation process. • For those states and tribes that received FY03, FY04, FY05, and FY06 Section 128 funds, you must provide the amount of FY03, FY04, FY05, and FY06 funds that have not been requested for reimbursement (i.e, those funds that remain in EPA’s Financial Data Warehouse) and must provide a detailed explanation and justification for why such funds should not be considered in the funding allocation process. Note: EPA Regional staff will review EPA’s Financial Database Warehouse to confirm the amount of outstanding funds reported. It is strongly recommended that you work with your regional counterpart to determine the E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 223 / Tuesday, November 20, 2007 / Notices amount of funds ‘‘outstanding.’’ In making this determination, EPA will take into account those funds that have been committed through an appropriate state or tribal contract, inter-agency agreement, or similar type of binding agreement, but have not been requested for reimbursement, i.e., that are not showing as ‘‘drawn down’’ in EPA’s Data Warehouse. Demonstration of Need to Receive Funds above the FY07 Funding Distribution. Due to the limited amount of funding available, recipients must demonstrate a specific need when requesting an amount above the amount allocated to the state or tribe in FY07. Allocation System and Process for Distribution of Fund. EPA regional offices will work with interested states and tribes to develop their preliminary work plans and funding requests. Final cooperative agreement work plans and budgets will be negotiated with the regional office once final allocation determinations are made. For Fiscal Year 2008, EPA will consider funding requests up to a maximum of $1.5 million per state or tribe. This limit may be changed in future years based on appropriation amounts and demand for funding. EPA will target funding of at least $3 million per year for tribal response programs. If this funding is not used, it will be carried over and added to at least $3 million in the next fiscal year. It is expected that the funding demand Funding use from tribes will increase through the life of this cooperative agreement program and this funding allocation system should ensure that adequate funding for tribal response programs is available in future years. After the January 31, 2008 request deadline, regional offices will submit summaries of state and tribal requests to EPA headquarters. Before submitting requests to EPA headquarters, regional offices may take into account additional factors when determining recommended allocation amounts. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the depth and breadth of the state or tribal program; scope of the perceived need for the funding, e.g., size of state or tribal jurisdiction or the proposed work plan balanced against capacity of the program, amount of prior funding, and funds remaining from prior years, etc. After receipt of the regional recommendations, EPA headquarters will consolidate requests and allocate funds accordingly. Information To Be Submitted With the Funding Request States and tribes requesting 128 FY08 funds must submit the following information, as applicable, to their regional contact on or before January 31, 2008 (regions may request additional information, as needed): • For those states and tribes with prior Superfund VCP Core or Targeted Brownfields funding awarded under CERCLA Section 104(d), provide, by Requested ‘‘Establish or Enhance’’ the four elements $XX,XXX Establish and Maintain the Public Record $XX,XXX ‘‘Enhance the Response Program or Cleanup Capacity’’. $XX,XXX pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES $XX,XXX • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Environmental Insurance .......................... $XX,XXX Revolving Loan Fund ................................ $XX,XXX VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:01 Nov 19, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 agreement number, the amount of funds that have not been requested for reimbursement (i.e., those funds that remain in EPA’s Financial Data Warehouse) and a detailed explanation and justification for why such funds should not be considered in the funding allocation process. EPA will take into account those funds that have been committed through an appropriate state or tribal contract, inter-agency agreement, or similar type of binding agreement. • For those states and tribes that received an allocation of FY03, ’04, and/ or ’05 128 funds, provide the amount of FY03, ’04, and/or ’05 funds that have not been requested for reimbursement (i.e, those funds that remain in EPA’s Financial Data Warehouse) and a detailed explanation and justification for why such funds should not be considered in the funding allocation process. EPA will take into account those funds that have been committed through an appropriate state or tribal contract, inter-agency agreement, or similar type of binding agreement. • For those states and tribes requesting amounts above their FY07 allocation, provide an explanation of the specific need(s) that triggered the request for increased funding. • All states and tribes requesting FY08 funds must submit a summary of the planned use of the funds with associated dollar amounts. Please provide it in the following format: Summary of intended use • • • Site-specific Activities ............................... 65333 • • Frm 00046 (EXAMPLE USES) Develop a community involvement process. Fund an outreach coordinator. Develop/enhance ordinances, regulations, procedures for response programs. Issue public notices of site activities. Review cleanup plans and verify completed actions. (EXAMPLE USES) Maintain public record. Create web site for public record. Disseminate public information on how to access the public record. (EXAMPLE USES) Hire additional staff for oversight of brownfields cleanups. Attend training and conferences on brownfields cleanup technologies & other brownfields topics. Perform program management activities. Negotiate/manage contracts for response programs. Enhance program management & tracking systems. (EXAMPLE USES) Perform 10 site assessments in rural communities. Negotiate brownfields agreements/voluntary cleanup contracts. Provide technical assistance to federal brownfields cooperative agreement. recipients. Develop and/or review QAPPs. Conduct cleanup activities at brownfields sites. Prepare Property Profile Forms. (EXAMPLE USES) Review potential uses of environmental insurance. (EXAMPLE USES) Create a cleanup revolving loan fund. Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1 65334 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 223 / Tuesday, November 20, 2007 / Notices Funding use Requested Total Funding Requested .................. $XXX,XXX pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Terms and Reporting Cooperative agreements for state and tribal response programs will include programmatic and administrative terms and conditions. These terms and conditions will describe EPA’s substantial involvement including technical assistance and collaboration on program development and sitespecific activities. Progress Reports. In accordance with 40 CFR 31.40, state and tribes must provide progress reports as provided in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement negotiated with EPA regional offices. State and tribal costs for complying with reporting requirements are an eligible expense under the Section 128(a) cooperative agreement. As a minimum, state or tribal progress reports must include both a narrative discussion and performance data relating to the state’s or tribe’s accomplishments and environmental outputs associated with the approved budget and workplan and should provide an accounting of 128(a) funding. If applicable, the state or tribe must include information on activities related to establishing or enhancing the four elements of the state’s or tribe’s response program. All recipients must provide information relating to establishing or, if already established, maintaining the public record. Reporting Requirements. Reporting of Program Activity Levels: States and tribes must report, by January 31, 2008, a summary of the previous federal fiscal year’s work (October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007). The following information must be submitted to your regional project officer (if no activity occurred in the particular category, indicate ‘‘N/A’’): • Number of properties enrolled in the response program supported by the CERCLA Section 128(a) funding. • Number of properties that received a No Further Action (NFA) documentation of a Certificate of Completion (COC) or equivalent, AND have all required institutional controls in place. • Number of properties that received an NFA or COC or equivalent and do NOT have all required institutional controls in place. • Total number of acres associated with properties in #2 above. • (OPTIONAL) Number of properties where assistance was provided, but the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:01 Nov 19, 2007 Jkt 214001 Summary of intended use property was NOT enrolled in the response program. Depending upon the activities included in the state’s or tribe’s work plan, an EPA regional office may request that a progress report include: • Information related to the public record. All recipients must report information related to establishing or, if already established, maintaining the public record, described above. States and tribes can refer to an already existing public record, e.g., Web site or other public database to meet this requirement. For the purposes of cooperative agreement funding only, and depending upon the activities included in the state or tribe’s work plan, this may include: A list of sites at which response actions have been completed including: • Date the response action was completed. • Site name. • The name of owner at time of cleanup, if known. • Location of the site (street address, and latitude and longitude). • Whether an institutional control is in place. • Explain the type of the institutional control in place (e.g., deed restriction, zoning restriction, local ordinance, state registries of contaminated property, deed notices, advisories, etc.). • Nature of the contamination at the site (e.g., hazardous substances, contaminants, or pollutants, petroleum contamination, etc.). • Size of the site in acres. A list of sites planned to be addressed by the state or tribal response program including: • Site name and the name of owner at time of cleanup, if known. • Location of the site (street address, and latitude and longitude). • To the extent known, whether an institutional control is in place. • Explain the type of the institutional control in place (e.g., deed restriction, zoning restriction, local ordinance, state registries of contaminated property, deed notices, advisories, etc.). • To the extent known, the nature of the contamination at the site (e.g., hazardous substances, contaminants, or pollutants, petroleum contamination, etc.). • Size of the site in acres. Reporting environmental insurance. Recipients with work plans that include funding for environmental insurance must report: PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Number and description of insurance policies purchased (e.g., type of coverage provided; dollar limits of coverage; category and identity of insured persons; premium; first dollar or umbrella; site specific or blanket; occurrence or claims made, etc.). • The number of sites covered by the insurance. • The amount of funds spent on environmental insurance (e.g., amount dedicated to insurance program, or to insurance premiums) and the amount of claims paid by insurers to policy holders. Reporting for site-specific assessment or cleanup activities. Recipients with work plans that include funding for brownfields site assessment or cleanup must complete the OMB-approved Property Profile Form for each site assessment and cleanup. Reporting for other site-specific activities. Recipients with work plans that include funding for other sitespecific related activities must include a description of the site-specific activities and the number of sites at which the activity was conducted. For example: • Number and frequency of oversight audits of licensed site professional certified cleanups. • Number and frequency of state/ tribal oversight audits conducted. • Number of sites where staff conducted audits, provided technical assistance, or conducted other oversight activities. • Number of staff conducting oversight audits, providing technical assistance, or conducting other oversight activities. Reporting for RLF uses. Recipients with work plans that include funding for Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) must include the information required by the terms and conditions for progress reporting under CERCLA Section 104(k)(3) RLF cooperative agreements. Reporting for Non-MOA states and tribes. All recipients without a VRP MOA must report activities related to establishing or enhancing the four elements of the state’s or tribe’s response program. For each element state/tribes must report how they are maintaining the element or how they are taking reasonable steps to establish or enhance the element as negotiated in individual state/tribal work plans. For example, pursuant to CERCLA Section 128(a)(2)(B), reports on the oversight and enforcement authorities/ mechanisms element may include: E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 223 / Tuesday, November 20, 2007 / Notices pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES • A narrative description and copies of applicable documents developed or under development to enable the response program to conduct enforcement and oversight at sites. For example: Æ Legal authorities and mechanisms (e.g., statutes, regulations, orders, agreements); Æ Policies and procedures to implement legal authorities; and other mechanisms; • A description of the resources and staff allocated/to be allocated to the response program to conduct oversight and enforcement at sites as a result of the cooperative agreement; • A narrative description of how these authorities or other mechanisms, and resources, are adequate to ensure that: Æ A response action will protect human health and the environment; and be conducted in accordance with applicable Federal and State law; Æ And if the person conducting the response action fails to complete the necessary response activities, including operation and maintenance or long-term monitoring activities, the necessary response activities are completed; and • A narrative description and copy of appropriate documents demonstrating the exercise of oversight and enforcement authorities by the response program at a brownfields site. Where applicable, EPA may require states/tribes to report specific performance measures related to the four elements, which can be aggregated for national reporting to Congress. The regional offices may also request other information be added to the progress reports, as appropriate, to properly document activities described by the cooperative agreement work plan. EPA regions may allow states or tribes to provide performance data in appropriate electronic format. The regional offices will forward progress reports to EPA Headquarters, if requested. This information may be used to develop national reports on the outcomes of CERCLA Section 128(a) funding to states and tribes. Dated: November 9, 2007. David R. Lloyd, Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. [FR Doc. E7–22664 Filed 11–19–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:01 Nov 19, 2007 Jkt 214001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8498–1] Science Advisory Board Staff Office, EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee; Notification of a Public Advisory Committee Meeting of the CASAC Lead Review Panel for the Review of the Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Lead Review Panel (CASAC Panel) to review the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Lead. DATES: The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, December 12, 2007, through 1 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, December 13, 2007. Location: The meeting will take place at the Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024, telephone: 202–554–8588. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes to submit a written or brief oral statement (five minutes or less) or wants further information concerning these meetings must contact Mr. Fred Butterfield, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Mr. Butterfield may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail: 202–343–9994; fax: 202–233–0643; or e-mail at: butterfield.fred@epa.gov. General information concerning the CASAC or the EPA SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The CASAC, which is comprised of seven members appointed by the EPA Administrator, was established under section 109(d)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) (42 U.S.C. 7409) as an independent scientific advisory committee. The CASAC provides advice, information and recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of issues related to air quality criteria and NAAQS under sections 108 and 109 of the Act. The CASAC is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65335 amended, 5 U.S.C., App. The CASAC Lead Review Panel consists of the seven members of the chartered CASAC supplemented by subject matter experts. The CASAC Lead Review Panel provides advice and recommendations to EPA concerning lead in ambient air. The Panel complies with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies. Section 109(d)(1) of the CAA requires that the Agency periodically review and revise, as appropriate, the air quality criteria and the NAAQS for the ‘‘criteria’’ air pollutants, including lead. In February 2007, the CASAC Panel met to conduct a peer-review of the Agency’s 1st Draft Lead Staff Paper and the Draft Lead Exposure and Risk Assessments technical support document, developed by EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS), within the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR). The 1st Draft Lead Staff Paper, which is based on key scientific and technical information contained in the Agency’s Final Air Quality Criteria Document (AQCD) for Lead, included assessments and preliminary analyses related to air quality characterization, integration and evaluation of health information, human exposure analysis and health risk assessment, and evaluation and analysis of information on vegetation damage and other welfare effects. The Draft Lead Exposure and Risk Assessments technical support document described the methodology and presented the results of the pilot phase human exposure and health risk assessments and ecological risk assessments for a number of case studies. The CASAC’s letter/report to the Administrator concerning this review (EPA–CASAC– 07–003, dated March 27, 2007) is posted on the SAB Web site. In August 2007, the CASAC Panel held a public advisory meeting to review EPA’s 2nd Draft Lead Human Exposure and Health Risk Assessments document, which was limited in focus to draft lead human exposure and health risk assessments for selected, full-scale case studies. The CASAC’s letter/report to the Administrator concerning this review (EPA–CASAC–07–007, dated September 27, 2007) is posted on the SAB Web site. In that letter, the CASAC indicated it would review the Agency’s Final Lead Staff Paper and Final Lead Risk Assessment Report for the purpose of offering additional, unsolicited advice to the EPA Administrator as the Agency develops the proposed rule for the Lead NAAQS. On November 1, 2007, EPA released the Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead: Policy Assessment E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

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Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability 
Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 128(a); Notice of Grant Funding 
Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to accept 
requests, from December 1, 2007 through January 31, 2008, for grants to 
supplement State and Tribal Response Programs. This notice provides 
guidance on eligibility for funding, use of funding, grant mechanisms 
and process for awarding funding, the allocation system for 
distribution of funding, and terms and reporting under these grants. 
EPA has consulted with state and tribal officials in developing this 
guidance.
    The primary goal of this funding is to ensure that state and tribal 
response programs include, or are taking reasonable steps to include, 
certain elements and a public record. Another goal is to provide 
funding for other activities that increase the number of response 
actions conducted or overseen by a state or tribal response program. 
This funding is not intended to supplant current state or tribal 
funding for their response programs. Instead, it is to supplement their 
funding to increase their response capacity.
    For fiscal year 2008, EPA will consider funding requests up to a 
maximum of $1.5 million per state or tribe. Subject to the availability 
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available to provide technical assistance to states and tribes as they 
apply for and carry out these grants.

DATES: This action is effective as of December 1, 2007. EPA expects to 
make non-competitive grant awards to states and tribes which apply 
during fiscal year 2008.

ADDRESSES: Mailing addresses for U.S. EPA Regional Offices and U.S. EPA 
Headquarters can be located at http://www.epa.gov/brownfields.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The U.S. EPA's Office of Solid Waste 
and Emergency Response, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, 
(202) 566-2777.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 128(a) of the Comprehensive 
Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as 
amended, authorizes a noncompetitive $50 million grant program to 
establish and enhance state \1\ and tribal \2\ response programs. 
Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup, and 
redevelopment of brownfields sites and other sites with actual or 
perceived contamination. Section 128(a) cooperative agreements are 
awarded and administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA) regional offices. This document provides guidance that will 
enable states and tribes to apply for and use Fiscal Year 2008 Section 
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    \1\ The term ``state'' is defined in this document as defined in 
CERCLA Section 101(27).
    \2\ The term ``Indian tribe'' is defined in this document as it 
is defined in CERCLA Section 101(36). Intertribal consortia, as 
defined in the Federal Register Notice at 67 FR 67181, Nov. 4, 2002, 
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    Requests for funding will be accepted from December 1, 2007 through 
January 31, 2008. States or tribes that fail to submit the request in 
the appropriate manner may forfeit their ability to request funds. 
Requests submitted by the January 31, 2008 request deadline are 
preliminary; final cooperative agreement work plans and budgets will be 
negotiated with the regional offices once final allocation 
determinations are made. As in prior years, EPA will place special 
emphasis on reviewing a cooperative agreement recipients' use of prior 
128(a) funding in making allocation decisions.
    Note, EPA has clarified the limits on using Section 128(a) funds to 
assess and cleanup specific brownfields sites. Also included are the 
reporting requirements for ``Reporting Program Activity Levels'' that 
must be submitted by January 31, 2008.
    States and tribes requesting funds are required to provide a Dun 
and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number with their 
final cooperative agreement package. For more information, please go to 
http://www.grants.gov.
    The Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance entry for the Section 
128(a) State and Tribal Response Program cooperative agreements is 
66.817.

Background

    State and tribal response programs oversee assessment and cleanup 
activities at the majority of brownfields sites across the country. The 
depth and breadth of state and tribal response programs vary. Some 
focus on CERCLA related activities, while others are multi-faceted, for 
example, addressing sites regulated by both CERCLA and the Resource 
Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Many state programs also offer 
accompanying financial incentive programs to spur cleanup and 
redevelopment. In passing Section 128(a),\3\ Congress recognized the 
accomplishments of state and tribal response programs in cleaning up 
and redeveloping brownfields sites. Section 128(a) also provides EPA 
with an opportunity to strengthen its partnership with states and 
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    \3\ The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields 
Revitalization Act (SBLRBRA) was signed into law on January 11, 
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    The primary goal of this funding is to ensure that state and tribal 
response programs include, or are taking reasonable steps to include, 
certain elements and a ``public record.'' The secondary goal is to 
provide funding for other activities that increase the number of 
response actions conducted or overseen by a state or tribal response 
program. This funding is not intended to supplant current state or 
tribal funding for their response programs. Instead, it is to 
supplement their funding to increase their response program's capacity.
    Subject to the availability of funds, EPA regional personnel will 
be available to provide technical assistance to states and tribes as 
they apply for and carry out Section 128(a) cooperative agreements.

Eligibility for Funding

    To be eligible for funding under CERCLA Section 128(a), a state or 
tribe must:
     Demonstrate that their response program includes, or is 
taking reasonable steps to include, the four elements of a response 
program, described below; or (b) be a party to voluntary response 
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    \4\ The legislative history of SBLRBRA indicates that Congress 
intended to encourage states and Tribes to enter into MOAs for their 
voluntary response programs. States or tribes that are parties to 
VRP MOAs and that maintain and make available a public record are 
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     Maintain and make available to the public a record of 
sites at which response actions have been completed in the previous 
year and are planned to be addressed in the upcoming year, see CERCLA 
Section 128(b)(1)(C).

Matching Funds/Cost-Share

    States and tribes are not required to provide matching funds for 
cooperative agreements awarded under Section 128(a), with the exception 
of the Section 128(a) funds a state or tribe uses to capitalize a 
Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund under CERCLA Section 104(k)(3).

The Four Elements--Section 128(A)

    Section 128(a) recipients that do not have a VRP MOA with EPA must 
demonstrate that their response program includes, or is taking 
reasonable steps to include, the four elements. Achievement of the four 
elements should be viewed as a priority. Section 128(a) authorizes 
funding for activities necessary to establish and enhance the four 
elements and to establish and maintain the public record requirement.
    Generally, the four elements are:
    Timely survey and inventory of brownfields sites in state or tribal 
land. EPA's goal in funding activities under this element is to enable 
the state or tribe to establish or enhance a system or process that 
will provide a reasonable estimate of the number, likely locations, and 
the general characteristics of brownfields sites in their state or 
tribal lands.
    EPA recognizes the varied scope of state and tribal response 
programs and will not require states and tribes to develop a ``list'' 
of brownfields sites. However, at a minimum, the state or tribe should 
develop and/or maintain a system or process that can provide a 
reasonable estimate of the number, likely location, and general 
characteristics of brownfields sites within their state or tribal 
lands.
    Given funding limitations, EPA will negotiate work plans with 
states and tribes to achieve this goal efficiently and effectively, and 
within a realistic time frame. For example, many of EPA's Brownfields 
Assessment cooperative agreement recipients conduct inventories of 
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encourages states and tribes to work with these cooperative agreement 
recipients to obtain the information that they have gathered and 
include it in their survey and inventory.
    Oversight and enforcement authorities or other mechanisms and 
resources. EPA's goal in funding activities under this element is to 
have state and tribal response programs that include oversight and 
enforcement authorities or other mechanisms, and resources that are 
adequate to ensure that:
     A response action will protect human health and the 
environment and be conducted in accordance with applicable federal and 
state law; and
     The necessary response activities are completed if the 
person conducting the response activities fails to complete the 
necessary response activities (this includes operation and maintenance 
or long-term monitoring activities).
    Mechanisms and resources to provide meaningful opportunities for 
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    \5\ States and tribes establishing this element may find useful 
information on public participation on EPA's community involvement 
Web site at http://www.epa.gov/superfund/action/community/index.htm
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 EPA's goal in funding activities under this element is to have 
states and tribes include in their response program mechanisms and 
resources for public participation, including, at a minimum:
     Public access to documents and related materials that a 
state, tribe, or party conducting the cleanup is relying on or 
developing in making cleanup decisions or conducting site activities;
     Prior notice and opportunity for public comment on cleanup 
plans and site activity; and
     A mechanism by which a person who is, or may be, affected 
by a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance, pollutant, 
or contaminant at a brownfields site--located in the community in which 
the person works or resides--may request that a site assessment be 
conducted. The appropriate state or tribal official must consider this 
request and appropriately respond.
    Mechanisms for approval of a cleanup plan and verification and 
certification that cleanup is complete. EPA's goal in funding 
activities under this element is to have states and tribes include in 
their response program mechanisms to approve cleanup plans and to 
verify that response actions are complete, including a requirement for 
certification or similar documentation from the state, the tribe, or a 
licensed site professional to the person conducting the response action 
that the response action is complete. Written approval by a state or 
tribal response program official of a proposed cleanup plan is an 
example of an approval mechanism.

Public Record Requirement

    In order to be eligible for Section 128(a) funding, states and 
tribes (including those with MOAs) must establish and maintain a public 
record system, described below, in order to receive funds.
    Specifically, under Section 128(b)(1)(C), states and tribes must:
     Maintain and update, at least annually or more often as 
appropriate, a record of sites that includes the name and location of 
sites at which response actions have been completed during the previous 
year;
     Maintain and update, at least annually or more often as 
appropriate, a record of sites that includes the name and location of 
sites at which response actions are planned to be addressed in the next 
year; and
     Identify in the public record whether or not the site, 
upon completion of the response action, will be suitable for 
unrestricted use. If not, the public record must identify the 
institutional controls relied on in the remedy.
    Section 128(a) funds may be used to maintain and make available a 
public record system that meets the requirements discussed above.
    Distinguishing the ``survey and inventory'' element from the 
``public record.'' It is important to note that the public record 
requirement differs from the ``timely survey and inventory'' element 
described in the ``Four Elements'' section above. The public record 
addresses sites at which response actions have been completed in the 
previous year and are planned to be addressed in the upcoming year. In 
contrast, the ``timely survey and inventory'' element, described above, 
refers to a general approach to identifying brownfields sites.
    Making the public record easily accessible. EPA's goal is to enable 
states and tribes to make the public record and other information, such 
as information from the ``survey and inventory'' element, easily 
accessible. For this reason, EPA will allow states and tribes to use 
Section 128(a) funding to make the public record, as well as other 
information, such as information from the ``survey and inventory'' 
element, available to the public via the internet or other means. For 
example, the Agency would support funding state and tribal efforts to 
include detailed location information in the public record such as the 
street address and latitude and longitude information for each site.\6\ 
A state or tribe may also choose to use the Section 128(a) funds to 
make their survey and inventory information available on the internet 
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    In an effort to reduce cooperative agreement reporting requirements 
and increase public access to the public record, EPA encourages states 
and tribes to place their public record on the internet. If a state or 
tribe places the public record on the internet, maintains the 
substantive requirements of the public record, and provides EPA with 
the link to that site, EPA will, for purposes of cooperative agreement 
funding only, deem the public record reporting requirement met.
    Long-term maintenance of the public record. EPA encourages states 
and tribes to maintain public record information, including data on 
institutional controls, on a long term basis (more than one year) for 
sites at which a response action has been completed. Subject to EPA 
regional office approval, states or tribes may include development and 
operation of systems that ensure long term maintenance of the public 
record, including information on institutional controls, in their work 
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    \7\ States and tribes may find useful information on 
institutional controls on EPA's institutional controls Web site at 
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Use of Funding

Overview

    Section 128(a)(1)(B) describes the eligible uses of cooperative 
agreement funds by states and tribes. In general, a state or tribe may 
use a cooperative agreement to ``establish or enhance'' their response 
programs, including elements of the response program that include 
activities related to responses at brownfields sites with petroleum 
contamination. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, the 
following:
     Develop legislation, regulations, procedures, ordinances, 
guidance, etc. that would establish or enhance the administrative and 
legal structure of their response programs;
     Establish and maintain the required public record 
described above. EPA considers activities related to maintaining and 
monitoring institutional controls to be eligible costs under Section 
128(a); or
     Conduct limited site-specific activities, such as 
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establish and/or enhance the response program and are tied to the four 
elements. EPA will not provide Section 128(a) funds solely for 
assessment or cleanup of specific brownfields sites; site specific 
activities must be an incidental part of an overall Section 128(a) work 
plan that includes funding for other activities that establish or 
enhance the four elements.
     Capitalize a revolving loan fund (RLF) for brownfields 
cleanup under CERCLA Section 104(k)(3). These RLFs are subject to the 
same statutory requirements and cooperative agreement terms and 
conditions applicable to RLFs awarded under Section 104(k)(3). 
Requirements include a 20% match on the amount of Section 128(a) funds 
used for the RLF, a prohibition on using EPA cooperative agreement 
funds for administrative costs relating to the RLF, and a prohibition 
on using RLF loans or subgrants for response costs at a site for which 
the recipient may be potentially liable under Section 107 of CERCLA. 
Other prohibitions contained in CERCLA Section 104(k)(4) also apply;
     Purchase environmental insurance or develop a risk-sharing 
pool, indemnity pool, or insurance mechanism to provide financing for 
response actions under a state or tribal response program;

Uses Related to ``Establishing'' a State or Tribal Response Program

    Under CERCLA Section 128(a), ``establish'' includes activities 
necessary to build the foundation for the four elements of a state or 
tribal response program and the public record requirement. For example, 
a state or tribal response program may use Section 128(a) funds to 
develop regulations, ordinances, procedures, or guidance. For more 
developed state or tribal response programs, ``establish'' may also 
include activities that keep their program at a level that meets the 
four elements and maintains a public record required as a condition of 
funding under CERCLA Section 128(b)(1)(C).

Uses Related to ``Enhancing'' a State or Tribal Response Program

    Under CERCLA Section 128(a), ``enhance'' is related to activities 
that add to or improve a state or tribal response program or increase 
the number of sites at which response actions are conducted under a 
state or tribal response program.
    The exact ``enhancement'' uses that may be allowable depend upon 
the work plan negotiated between the EPA regional office and the state 
or tribe. For example, regional offices and states or tribes may agree 
that Section 128(a) funds may be used for outreach and training 
directly related to increasing awareness of its response program, and 
improving the skills of program staff. It may also include developing 
better coordination and understanding of other state response programs, 
e.g., RCRA or USTs. Other ``enhancement'' uses may be allowable as 
well.

Uses Related to Site-Specific Activities

    States and tribes may use Section 128(a) funds for activities that 
improve state or tribal capacity to increase the number of sites at 
which response actions are conducted under the state or tribal response 
program.
    Eligible uses of funds include, but are not limited to, site-
specific activities such as:
     Conducting assessments or cleanups at brownfields sites 
(see next section for additional information);
     Oversight of response action;
     Technical assistance to federal brownfields cooperative 
agreement recipients;
     Development and/or review of site-specific quality 
assurance project plans (QAPPs);
     Preparation and submission of Property Profile Forms; and
     Auditing site cleanups to verify the completion of the 
cleanup.

Uses Related to Site-Specific Assessment and Cleanup Activities

    Site-specific assessment and cleanup activities should establish 
and/or enhance the response program and be tied to the four elements. 
EPA will not provide Section 128(a) funds solely for assessment or 
cleanup of specific brownfields sites; site specific activities must be 
an incidental part of an overall Section 128(a) work plan that includes 
funding for other activities that establish or enhance the four 
elements. Site-specific assessments and cleanups must comply with all 
applicable federal and state laws and are subject to the following 
restrictions:
     Section 128(a) funds can only be used for assessments or 
cleanups at sites that meet the definition of a brownfields site at 
CERCLA Section 101(39).
     Absent EPA approval, no more than $200,000 per site can be 
funded for assessments with Section 128(a) funds, and no more than 
$200,000 per site can be funded for cleanups with Section 128(a) funds.
     Absent EPA approval, the state/tribe may not use funds 
awarded under this agreement to assess and clean up sites owned by the 
recipient.
     Assessments and cleanups cannot be conducted at sites 
where the state/tribe is a potentially responsible party pursuant to 
CERCLA Section 107, except:
    [cir] At brownfields sites contaminated by a controlled substance 
as defined in CERCLA Section 101(39)(D)(ii)(I); or
    [cir] When the recipient would satisfy all of the elements set 
forth in CERCLA Section 101(40) to qualify as a bona fide prospective 
purchaser except that the date of acquisition of the property was on or 
before January 11, 2002.
     Subgrants cannot be provided to entities that may be 
potentially responsible parties (pursuant to CERCLA Section 107) at the 
site for which the assessment or cleanup activities are proposed to be 
conducted, except:
    [cir] At brownfields sites contaminated by a controlled substance 
as defined in CERCLA Section 101(39)(D)(ii)(I); or
    [cir] When the recipient would satisfy all of the elements set 
forth in CERCLA Section 101(40) to qualify as a bona fide prospective 
purchaser except that the date of acquisition of the property was on or 
before January 11, 2002.

Costs Incurred for Activities at ``Non-Brownfields'' Sites

    Costs incurred for activities at non-brownfields sites, e.g., 
oversight, may be eligible and allowable if such activities are 
included in the state's or tribe's work plan. For example, auditing 
completed site cleanups in jurisdictions where states or tribes use 
licensed site professionals, to verify that sites have been properly 
cleaned up, may be an eligible cost under Section 128(a). These costs 
need not be incurred in connection with a brownfields site to be 
eligible, but must be authorized under the state's or tribe's work plan 
to be allowable. Other uses may be eligible and allowable as well, 
depending upon the work plan negotiated between the EPA regional office 
and the state or tribe. However, assessment and cleanup activities may 
only be conducted on eligible brownfields sites, as defined in CERCLA 
Section 101(39).

Uses Related to Site-Specific Activities at Petroleum Brownfields Sites

    States and tribes may use Section 128(a) funds for activities that 
establish and enhance their response programs, even if their response 
programs address petroleum contamination. Also, the costs of site-
specific activities, such as site assessments or cleanup at petroleum 
contaminated brownfields sites, defined at CERCLA Section 
101(39)(D)(ii)(II), are eligible and are allowable if the activity is 
included in the work plan negotiated between the EPA regional office 
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capitalize a Brownfields RLF may be used at brownfields sites 
contaminated by petroleum to the extent allowed under the CERCLA 
Section 104(k)(3) RLF.

General Programmatic Guidelines for 128(A) Grant Funding Requests

    Funding authorized under CERCLA Section 128(a) is awarded through a 
cooperative agreement \8\ with a state or tribe. The program is 
administered under the general EPA grant and cooperative agreement 
regulations for states, tribes, and local governments found in the Code 
of Federal Regulations at 40 CFR part 31. Under these regulations, the 
cooperative agreement recipient for Section 128(a) grant program is the 
government to which a cooperative agreement is awarded and which is 
accountable for the use of the funds provided. The cooperative 
agreement recipient is the entire legal entity even if only a 
particular component of the entity is designated in the cooperative 
agreement award document.
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    \8\ A cooperative agreement is an assistance agreement to a 
state or a tribe that includes substantial involvement of EPA 
regional enforcement and program staff during performance of 
activities described in the cooperative agreement work plan. 
Examples of this involvement include technical assistance and 
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    One application per state or tribe. Subject to the availability of 
funds, EPA regional offices will negotiate and enter into Section 
128(a) cooperative agreements with eligible and interested states or 
tribes. EPA will accept only one application from each eligible state 
or tribe.
    Define the State or Tribal Response Program. States and tribes must 
define in their work plan the ``Section 128(a) response program(s)'' to 
which the funds will be applied, and may designate a component of the 
state or tribe that will be EPA's primary point of contact for 
negotiations on their proposed work plan. When EPA funds the Section 
128(a) cooperative agreement, states and tribes may distribute these 
funds among the appropriate state and tribal agencies that are part of 
the Section 128(a) response program. This distribution must be clearly 
outlined in their annual work plan.
    Separate cooperative agreements for the capitalization of RLFs 
using Section 128(a) funds. If a portion of the 128(a) grant funds 
requested will be used to capitalize a revolving loan fund for cleanup, 
pursuant to 104(k)(3), two separate cooperative agreements must be 
awarded, i.e., one for the RLF and one for non-RLF uses. States and 
tribes may, however, submit one initial request for funding, 
delineating the RLF as a proposed use. Section 128(a) funds used to 
capitalize an RLF are not eligible for inclusion into a Performance 
Partnership Grant (PPG).
    Authority to Manage a Revolving Loan Fund Program. If a state or 
tribe chooses to use its 128(a) funds to capitalize a revolving loan 
fund program, the state or tribe must have the authority to manage the 
program, e.g., issue loans. If the agency/department listed as the 
point of contact for the 128(a) cooperative agreement does not have 
this authority, it must be able to demonstrate that another state or 
tribal agency does have the authority to manage the RLF and is willing 
to do so.
    Section 128(a) cooperative agreements are eligible for inclusion in 
the Performance Partnership Grant (PPG). States and tribes may include 
Section 128(a) cooperative agreements in their PPG. 69 FR 51756 (2004). 
Section 128(a) funds used to capitalize an RLF are not eligible for 
inclusion in the PPG.
    Project Period. EPA regional offices will determine the project 
period for each cooperative agreement. These may be for multiple years 
depending on the regional office's cooperative agreement policies. Each 
cooperative agreement must have an annual budget period tied to an 
annual work plan.
    Demonstrating the Four Elements. As part of the annual work plan 
negotiation process, states or tribes that do not have VRP MOAs must 
demonstrate that their program includes, or is taking reasonable steps 
to include, the four elements described above. EPA will not fund, in 
future years, state or tribal response program annual work plans if EPA 
determines that these requirements are not met or reasonable progress 
is not being made. EPA may base this determination on the information 
the state or tribe provides to support its work plan, or on EPA's 
review of the state or tribal response program.
    Establishing and Maintaining the Public Record. Prior to funding a 
state's or tribe's annual work plan, EPA regional offices will verify 
and document that a public record, as described above, exists and is 
being maintained.\9\
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    \9\ For purposes of cooperative agreement funding, the state's 
or tribe's public record applies to that state's or tribe's response 
program(s) that utilized the Section 128(a) funding.
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     States or tribes that received initial funding in FY03, 
FY04, FY05, or FY06: Requests for FY08 funds will not be accepted from 
states or tribes that fail to demonstrate, by the January 31, 2008 
request deadline, that they established and are maintaining a public 
record. (Note, this would potentially impact any state or tribe that 
had a term and condition placed on their FY07 cooperative agreement 
that prohibited drawdown of FY07 funds prior to meeting public record 
requirement.) States or tribes in this situation will not be prevented 
from drawing down their prior year funds, once the public record 
requirement is met, but will be restricted from applying for FY08 
funding.
     States or Tribes that received initial funding in FY07: by 
the time of the actual FY08 award, the state or tribe must demonstrate 
that they established and maintained the public record (those states 
and tribes that do not meet this requirement will have a term and 
condition placed on their FY08 cooperative agreement that prevents the 
drawdown of FY08 funds until the public record requirement is met).
     Recipients receiving funds for the first time in FY08: 
these recipients have one year to meet this requirement and may utilize 
the 128(a) cooperative agreement funds to do so.
    Demonstration of Significant Utilization of Prior Years Funding. 
During the allocation process, EPA headquarters places significant 
emphasis on the utilization of prior years' funding. When submitting 
your request for FY08 funds, the following information must be 
submitted:
     For those states and tribes with Superfund VCP Core or 
Targeted Brownfields Assessment cooperative agreements awarded under 
CERCLA Section 104(d), you must provide, by agreement number, the 
amount of funds that have not been requested for reimbursement (i.e., 
those funds that remain in EPA's Financial Data Warehouse) and must 
provide a detailed explanation and justification for why such funds 
should not be considered in the funding allocation process.
     For those states and tribes that received FY03, FY04, 
FY05, and FY06 Section 128 funds, you must provide the amount of FY03, 
FY04, FY05, and FY06 funds that have not been requested for 
reimbursement (i.e, those funds that remain in EPA's Financial Data 
Warehouse) and must provide a detailed explanation and justification 
for why such funds should not be considered in the funding allocation 
process.
    Note: EPA Regional staff will review EPA's Financial Database 
Warehouse to confirm the amount of outstanding funds reported. It is 
strongly recommended that you work with your regional counterpart to 
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amount of funds ``outstanding.'' In making this determination, EPA will 
take into account those funds that have been committed through an 
appropriate state or tribal contract, inter-agency agreement, or 
similar type of binding agreement, but have not been requested for 
reimbursement, i.e., that are not showing as ``drawn down'' in EPA's 
Data Warehouse.
    Demonstration of Need to Receive Funds above the FY07 Funding 
Distribution. Due to the limited amount of funding available, 
recipients must demonstrate a specific need when requesting an amount 
above the amount allocated to the state or tribe in FY07.
    Allocation System and Process for Distribution of Fund. EPA 
regional offices will work with interested states and tribes to develop 
their preliminary work plans and funding requests. Final cooperative 
agreement work plans and budgets will be negotiated with the regional 
office once final allocation determinations are made.
    For Fiscal Year 2008, EPA will consider funding requests up to a 
maximum of $1.5 million per state or tribe. This limit may be changed 
in future years based on appropriation amounts and demand for funding.
    EPA will target funding of at least $3 million per year for tribal 
response programs. If this funding is not used, it will be carried over 
and added to at least $3 million in the next fiscal year. It is 
expected that the funding demand from tribes will increase through the 
life of this cooperative agreement program and this funding allocation 
system should ensure that adequate funding for tribal response programs 
is available in future years.
    After the January 31, 2008 request deadline, regional offices will 
submit summaries of state and tribal requests to EPA headquarters. 
Before submitting requests to EPA headquarters, regional offices may 
take into account additional factors when determining recommended 
allocation amounts. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the 
depth and breadth of the state or tribal program; scope of the 
perceived need for the funding, e.g., size of state or tribal 
jurisdiction or the proposed work plan balanced against capacity of the 
program, amount of prior funding, and funds remaining from prior years, 
etc.
    After receipt of the regional recommendations, EPA headquarters 
will consolidate requests and allocate funds accordingly.

Information To Be Submitted With the Funding Request

    States and tribes requesting 128 FY08 funds must submit the 
following information, as applicable, to their regional contact on or 
before January 31, 2008 (regions may request additional information, as 
needed):
     For those states and tribes with prior Superfund VCP Core 
or Targeted Brownfields funding awarded under CERCLA Section 104(d), 
provide, by agreement number, the amount of funds that have not been 
requested for reimbursement (i.e., those funds that remain in EPA's 
Financial Data Warehouse) and a detailed explanation and justification 
for why such funds should not be considered in the funding allocation 
process. EPA will take into account those funds that have been 
committed through an appropriate state or tribal contract, inter-agency 
agreement, or similar type of binding agreement.
     For those states and tribes that received an allocation of 
FY03, '04, and/or '05 128 funds, provide the amount of FY03, '04, and/
or '05 funds that have not been requested for reimbursement (i.e, those 
funds that remain in EPA's Financial Data Warehouse) and a detailed 
explanation and justification for why such funds should not be 
considered in the funding allocation process. EPA will take into 
account those funds that have been committed through an appropriate 
state or tribal contract, inter-agency agreement, or similar type of 
binding agreement.
     For those states and tribes requesting amounts above their 
FY07 allocation, provide an explanation of the specific need(s) that 
triggered the request for increased funding.
     All states and tribes requesting FY08 funds must submit a 
summary of the planned use of the funds with associated dollar amounts. 
Please provide it in the following format:

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          Funding use               Requested    Summary of intended use
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``Establish or Enhance'' the            $XX,XXX       (EXAMPLE USES)
 four elements.                                   Develop a
                                                  community involvement
                                                  process.
                                                  Fund an
                                                  outreach coordinator.
                                                  Develop/
                                                  enhance ordinances,
                                                  regulations,
                                                  procedures for
                                                  response programs.
                                                  Issue public
                                                  notices of site
                                                  activities.
                                                  Review cleanup
                                                  plans and verify
                                                  completed actions.
Establish and Maintain the              $XX,XXX       (EXAMPLE USES)
 Public Record.                                   Maintain
                                                  public record.
                                                  Create web
                                                  site for public
                                                  record.
                                                  Disseminate
                                                  public information on
                                                  how to access the
                                                  public record.
``Enhance the Response Program          $XX,XXX       (EXAMPLE USES)
 or Cleanup Capacity''.                           Hire
                                                  additional staff for
                                                  oversight of
                                                  brownfields cleanups.
                                                  Attend
                                                  training and
                                                  conferences on
                                                  brownfields cleanup
                                                  technologies & other
                                                  brownfields topics.
                                                  Perform
                                                  program management
                                                  activities.
                                                  Negotiate/
                                                  manage contracts for
                                                  response programs.
                                                  Enhance
                                                  program management &
                                                  tracking systems.
Site-specific Activities.......         $XX,XXX       (EXAMPLE USES)
                                                  Perform 10
                                                  site assessments in
                                                  rural communities.
                                                  Negotiate
                                                  brownfields agreements/
                                                  voluntary cleanup
                                                  contracts.
                                                  Provide
                                                  technical assistance
                                                  to federal brownfields
                                                  cooperative agreement.
                                                  recipients.
                                                  Develop and/or
                                                  review QAPPs.
                                                  Conduct
                                                  cleanup activities at
                                                  brownfields sites.
                                                  Prepare
                                                  Property Profile
                                                  Forms.
Environmental Insurance........         $XX,XXX       (EXAMPLE USES)
                                                  Review
                                                  potential uses of
                                                  environmental
                                                  insurance.
Revolving Loan Fund............         $XX,XXX       (EXAMPLE USES)
                                                  Create a
                                                  cleanup revolving loan
                                                  fund.
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    Total Funding Requested....        $XXX,XXX
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Terms and Reporting

    Cooperative agreements for state and tribal response programs will 
include programmatic and administrative terms and conditions. These 
terms and conditions will describe EPA's substantial involvement 
including technical assistance and collaboration on program development 
and site-specific activities.
    Progress Reports. In accordance with 40 CFR 31.40, state and tribes 
must provide progress reports as provided in the terms and conditions 
of the cooperative agreement negotiated with EPA regional offices. 
State and tribal costs for complying with reporting requirements are an 
eligible expense under the Section 128(a) cooperative agreement. As a 
minimum, state or tribal progress reports must include both a narrative 
discussion and performance data relating to the state's or tribe's 
accomplishments and environmental outputs associated with the approved 
budget and workplan and should provide an accounting of 128(a) funding. 
If applicable, the state or tribe must include information on 
activities related to establishing or enhancing the four elements of 
the state's or tribe's response program. All recipients must provide 
information relating to establishing or, if already established, 
maintaining the public record.
    Reporting Requirements. Reporting of Program Activity Levels: 
States and tribes must report, by January 31, 2008, a summary of the 
previous federal fiscal year's work (October 1, 2006 through September 
30, 2007). The following information must be submitted to your regional 
project officer (if no activity occurred in the particular category, 
indicate ``N/A''):
     Number of properties enrolled in the response program 
supported by the CERCLA Section 128(a) funding.
     Number of properties that received a No Further Action 
(NFA) documentation of a Certificate of Completion (COC) or equivalent, 
AND have all required institutional controls in place.
     Number of properties that received an NFA or COC or 
equivalent and do NOT have all required institutional controls in 
place.
     Total number of acres associated with properties in 
2 above.
     (OPTIONAL) Number of properties where assistance was 
provided, but the property was NOT enrolled in the response program.
    Depending upon the activities included in the state's or tribe's 
work plan, an EPA regional office may request that a progress report 
include:
     Information related to the public record. All recipients 
must report information related to establishing or, if already 
established, maintaining the public record, described above. States and 
tribes can refer to an already existing public record, e.g., Web site 
or other public database to meet this requirement.
    For the purposes of cooperative agreement funding only, and 
depending upon the activities included in the state or tribe's work 
plan, this may include:
    A list of sites at which response actions have been completed 
including:
     Date the response action was completed.
     Site name.
     The name of owner at time of cleanup, if known.
     Location of the site (street address, and latitude and 
longitude).
     Whether an institutional control is in place.
     Explain the type of the institutional control in place 
(e.g., deed restriction, zoning restriction, local ordinance, state 
registries of contaminated property, deed notices, advisories, etc.).
     Nature of the contamination at the site (e.g., hazardous 
substances, contaminants, or pollutants, petroleum contamination, 
etc.).
     Size of the site in acres.
    A list of sites planned to be addressed by the state or tribal 
response program including:
     Site name and the name of owner at time of cleanup, if 
known.
     Location of the site (street address, and latitude and 
longitude).
     To the extent known, whether an institutional control is 
in place.
     Explain the type of the institutional control in place 
(e.g., deed restriction, zoning restriction, local ordinance, state 
registries of contaminated property, deed notices, advisories, etc.).
     To the extent known, the nature of the contamination at 
the site (e.g., hazardous substances, contaminants, or pollutants, 
petroleum contamination, etc.).
     Size of the site in acres.
    Reporting environmental insurance. Recipients with work plans that 
include funding for environmental insurance must report:
     Number and description of insurance policies purchased 
(e.g., type of coverage provided; dollar limits of coverage; category 
and identity of insured persons; premium; first dollar or umbrella; 
site specific or blanket; occurrence or claims made, etc.).
     The number of sites covered by the insurance.
     The amount of funds spent on environmental insurance 
(e.g., amount dedicated to insurance program, or to insurance premiums) 
and the amount of claims paid by insurers to policy holders.
    Reporting for site-specific assessment or cleanup activities. 
Recipients with work plans that include funding for brownfields site 
assessment or cleanup must complete the OMB-approved Property Profile 
Form for each site assessment and cleanup.
    Reporting for other site-specific activities. Recipients with work 
plans that include funding for other site-specific related activities 
must include a description of the site-specific activities and the 
number of sites at which the activity was conducted. For example:
     Number and frequency of oversight audits of licensed site 
professional certified cleanups.
     Number and frequency of state/tribal oversight audits 
conducted.
     Number of sites where staff conducted audits, provided 
technical assistance, or conducted other oversight activities.
     Number of staff conducting oversight audits, providing 
technical assistance, or conducting other oversight activities.
    Reporting for RLF uses. Recipients with work plans that include 
funding for Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) must include the information 
required by the terms and conditions for progress reporting under 
CERCLA Section 104(k)(3) RLF cooperative agreements.
    Reporting for Non-MOA states and tribes. All recipients without a 
VRP MOA must report activities related to establishing or enhancing the 
four elements of the state's or tribe's response program. For each 
element state/tribes must report how they are maintaining the element 
or how they are taking reasonable steps to establish or enhance the 
element as negotiated in individual state/tribal work plans. For 
example, pursuant to CERCLA Section 128(a)(2)(B), reports on the 
oversight and enforcement authorities/mechanisms element may include:

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     A narrative description and copies of applicable documents 
developed or under development to enable the response program to 
conduct enforcement and oversight at sites. For example:
    [cir] Legal authorities and mechanisms (e.g., statutes, 
regulations, orders, agreements);
    [cir] Policies and procedures to implement legal authorities; and 
other mechanisms;
     A description of the resources and staff allocated/to be 
allocated to the response program to conduct oversight and enforcement 
at sites as a result of the cooperative agreement;
     A narrative description of how these authorities or other 
mechanisms, and resources, are adequate to ensure that:
    [cir] A response action will protect human health and the 
environment; and be conducted in accordance with applicable Federal and 
State law;
    [cir] And if the person conducting the response action fails to 
complete the necessary response activities, including operation and 
maintenance or long-term monitoring activities, the necessary response 
activities are completed; and
     A narrative description and copy of appropriate documents 
demonstrating the exercise of oversight and enforcement authorities by 
the response program at a brownfields site.
    Where applicable, EPA may require states/tribes to report specific 
performance measures related to the four elements, which can be 
aggregated for national reporting to Congress.
    The regional offices may also request other information be added to 
the progress reports, as appropriate, to properly document activities 
described by the cooperative agreement work plan.
    EPA regions may allow states or tribes to provide performance data 
in appropriate electronic format.
    The regional offices will forward progress reports to EPA 
Headquarters, if requested. This information may be used to develop 
national reports on the outcomes of CERCLA Section 128(a) funding to 
states and tribes.

    Dated: November 9, 2007.
David R. Lloyd,
Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Office of 
Solid Waste and Emergency Response.
[FR Doc. E7-22664 Filed 11-19-07; 8:45 am]
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