Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 128(a); Notice of Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs for FY2019, 49079-49088 [2018-20736]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices Dated: September 24, 2018. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. Notice. Funding requests may be submitted electronically to the EPA Regional Offices. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Lentz, EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, (202) 566 2745, lentz.rachel@epa.gov or the applicable EPA Regional Office listed at the end this Notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2018–21127 Filed 9–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9984–33–OLEM] Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 128(a); Notice of Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs for FY2019 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will accept requests, from October 15, 2018 through December 14, 2018, for grants to establish and enhance 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 of a response program and establishing 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 2019, EPA will consider funding requests up to a maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe. 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 these grants. DATES: This action is applicable as of October 15, 2018. EPA expects to make non-competitive grant awards to states and tribes which apply during fiscal year 2019. ADDRESSES: Mailing addresses for EPA Regional Offices and EPA Headquarters can be found at www.epa.gov/ brownfields and at the end of this amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 I. General 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. CERCLA section 128(a) response program grants are funded with categorical 3 State and Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) appropriations. Section 128(a) cooperative agreements are awarded and administered by the EPA regional offices. Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brownfields sites and other sites with actual or perceived contamination. This document provides guidance that will enable states and tribes to apply for and use Fiscal Year 2019 section 128(a) funds 4. Section 128(a)(1)(B)(ii)(III) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, authorizes a noncompetitive $1.5 million grant program to assist small communities, Indian tribes, rural areas, or disadvantaged areas to carryout section CERCLA 104(k)(7) (by providing training, research, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations, as appropriate, to facilitate the inventory of brownfields sites, site assessments, remediation of brownfield sites, community involvement, or site preparation). The guidance regarding CERCLA 128(a)(1)(B)(ii)(III) Small Technical Assistance Grants is located in Appendix A. 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). 3 Categorical grants are issued by the U.S. Congress to fund state and local governments for narrowly defined purposes. 4 The Agency may waive any provision of this guidance that is not required by statute, regulation, Executive Order or overriding Agency policies. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49079 The Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance entry for the section 128(a) State and Tribal Response Program cooperative agreements is 66.817. This grant program is eligible to be included in state and tribal Performance Partnership Grants under 40 CFR part 35 Subparts A and B, with the exception of funds used to capitalize a revolving loan fund for brownfield remediation under section 104(k)(3); or purchase environmental insurance or developing a risk sharing pool, an indemnity pool, or insurance mechanism to provide financing for response actions under a State or Tribal response program. Requests for funding will be accepted from October 15, 2018 through December 14, 2018. Requests EPA receives after December 14, 2018 will not be considered for FY2019 funding. Information that must be submitted with the funding request is listed in Section IX of this guidance. States or tribes that do not submit the request in the appropriate manner may forfeit their ability to receive funds. First time requestors are strongly encouraged to contact their Regional EPA Brownfields contacts, listed at the end of this guidance, prior to submitting their funding request. EPA will consider funding requests up to a maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe for FY2019. Requests submitted by the December 14, 2018 request deadline are preliminary; final cooperative agreement work plans and budgets will be negotiated with the regional offices once final funding allocation determinations are made. As in previous years, EPA will place special emphasis on reviewing a cooperative agreement recipient’s use of prior section 128(a) funding in making allocation decisions and unexpended balances are subject to 40 CFR 35.118 and 40 CFR 35.518 to the extent consistent with this guidance. Also, EPA will prioritize funding for recipients establishing their response programs. States and tribes requesting funds are required to provide a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number with their cooperative agreement’s final package. For more information, please go to www.grants.gov. II. Background State and tribal response programs oversee assessment and cleanup activities at brownfield sites across the country. The depth and breadth of these programs vary. Some focus on CERCLA related activities, while others are multifaceted, addressing sites regulated by both CERCLA and the Resource E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 49080 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Many states also offer accompanying financial incentive programs to spur cleanup and redevelopment. In enacting CERCLA section 128(a),5 Congress recognized the value of state and tribal response programs in cleaning up and redeveloping brownfield sites. Section 128(a) strengthens EPA’s partnerships with states and tribes, and recognizes the response programs’ critical role in overseeing cleanups. This funding is intended for those states and tribes that have the required management and administrative capacity within their government to administer a federal grant. 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 of an environmental response program and that the program establishes and maintains a public record of sites addressed. Subject to the availability of funds, EPA regional personnel will provide technical assistance to states and tribes as they apply for and carry out section 128(a) cooperative agreements. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 III. Eligibility for Funding To be eligible for funding under CERCLA section 128(a), a state or tribe must: 1. Demonstrate that its response program includes, or is taking reasonable steps to include, the four elements of a response program described in Section V of this guidance; or be a party to a voluntary response program Memorandum of Agreement (VRP MOA) 6 with EPA; and 2. 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)). IV. 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 section 128(a) funds a state or tribe uses to capitalize a Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), for which there is a 20% cost share requirement. Section 128(a) funds uses to capitalize a RLF must be operated in accordance with CERCLA section 104(k)(3). 5 Section 128(a) was added to CERCLA in 2002 by the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act (Brownfield Amendments). 6 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 V. The Four Elements—Section 128(a)(2) 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 described below. 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. The four elements of a response program are described below: 1. Timely survey and inventory of brownfield sites in state or tribal land. The goal for 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 brownfield 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 brownfield sites within their state or tribal lands. Inventories should evolve to a prioritization of sites based on community needs, planning priorities, and protection of human health and the environment. Inventories should be developed in direct coordination with communities, and particular attention should focus on communities with limited capacity to compete for and manage a competitive brownfield assessment, revolving loan, or cleanup cooperative agreement. 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 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. 2. Oversight and enforcement authorities or other mechanisms and resources. The goal for this element is to have state and tribal response programs that include oversight and enforcement authorities or other PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 mechanisms, and resources to ensure that: a. A response action will protect human health and the environment, and be conducted in accordance with applicable laws; and b. the state or tribe will complete the necessary response activities if the person conducting the response fails to complete them (this includes operation and maintenance and/or long-term monitoring activities). 3. Mechanisms and resources to provide meaningful opportunities for public participation.7 The goal for this element is to have states and tribes include in their response program mechanisms and resources for meaningful public participation, at the local level, including, at a minimum: a. Public access to documents and related materials that a state, tribe, or party conducting the cleanup is relying on or developing to make cleanup decisions or conduct site activities; b. prior notice and opportunity for meaningful public comment on cleanup plans and site activities, including the input into the prioritization of sites; and c. 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 brownfield 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. 4. Mechanisms for approval of cleanup plans, and verification and certification that cleanup is complete. The goal for 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 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. VI. 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, as described below, to enable meaningful public participation (refer to 7 States and tribes establishing this element may find useful information on public participation on EPA’s community involvement website at https:// www.epa.gov/superfund/superfund-communityinvolvement. E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices Section V.3 above). Specifically, under section 128(b)(1)(C), states and tribes must: 1. Maintain and update, at least annually or more often as appropriate, a public record that includes the name and location of sites at which response actions have been completed during the previous year; 2. maintain and update, at least annually or more often as appropriate, a public record that includes the name and location of sites at which response actions are planned in the next year; and 3. 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 and include relevant information concerning the entity responsible for oversight, monitoring, and/or maintenance of the institutional and engineering controls; and how the responsible entity is implementing those activities (see Section VI.C). Section 128(a) funds may be used to maintain and make available a public record system that meets the requirements discussed above. A. 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 or are planned in the upcoming year. In contrast, the ‘‘timely survey and inventory’’ element, described above, refers to identifying brownfield sites regardless of planned or completed actions. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 B. 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 such information available to the public via the internet or other avenues. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 information for each site.8 States and tribes should ensure that all affected communities have appropriate access to the public record by making it available on-line, in print at libraries, or at other community gathering places. 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. C. 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 (such as ensuring the entity responsible for oversight, monitoring, and/or maintenance of the institutional and engineering controls is implementing those activities) in their work plans.9 VII. Use of Funding A. 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 funding to ‘‘establish or enhance’’ its response program. Specifically, a state or tribe may use cooperative agreement funds to build response programs that include the four elements outline in section 128(a)(2). Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, the following: • Developing legislation, regulations, procedures, ordinances, guidance, etc. that establish or enhance the administrative and legal structure of a response program; 8 For further information on data quality requirements for latitude and longitude information, please see EPA’s data standards website available at https://www.epa.gov/sites/ production/files/2015-06/documents/ latlongstandard-v2a_10022014.pdf. 9 States and tribes may find useful information on institutional controls on the EPA’s institutional controls website at http://www.epa.gov/superfund/ policy/ic/index.htm. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49081 • establishing and maintaining the required public record described in Section VI of this guidance; • operation, maintenance and longterm monitoring of institutional controls and engineering controls; • conducting site-specific activities, such as assessment or cleanup, provided such activities establish and/or enhance the response program and are tied to the four elements. In addition to the requirement under CERCLA section 128(a)(2)(C)(ii) to provide for public comment on cleanup plans and site activities, EPA strongly encourages states and tribes to seek public input regarding the priority of sites to be addressed-especially from local communities with health risks related to exposure to hazardous waste or other public health concerns, those in economically disadvantaged or remote areas, and those with limited experience working with government agencies. EPA will not provide section 128(a) funds solely for assessment or cleanup of specific brownfield sites; site-specific activities must be part of an overall section 128(a) work plan that includes funding for other activities that establish or enhance the four elements; • capitalizing a revolving loan fund (RLF) for brownfields cleanup as authorized 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 percent match (in the form of money, labor, material, or services from a non-federal source) 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 relevant to CERCLA section 104(k)(4) also apply; and • purchasing environmental insurance or developing a risk-sharing pool, indemnity pool, or insurance mechanism to provide financing for response actions under a state or tribal response program. B. 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, E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 49082 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 ordinances, procedures, guidance, and a public record. States and tribes also need to comply with Grants Policy Issuance (GPI) 17–01 Sustainability in EPA Cooperative Agreements. C. Uses Related To Enhancing a State or Tribal Response Program Under CERCLA section 128(a), enhancing a state or tribal response program includes 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 such programs. The exact enhancement activities 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 (training examples include ASTM standards for conducting Limited Transaction Screens, Environmental Phase I and Phase IIs). It may also include developing better coordination and understanding of other state response programs, (e.g., RCRA or Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)). As another example, states and tribal response program enhancement activities can also include outreach to local communities to increase awareness about brownfields, building a sustainable brownfields program, federal brownfields technical assistance opportunities 10 (e.g., holding workshops to assist communities to apply for federal Brownfields grant funding, attending health fairs and cleanup days to inform individuals how to identify hazards in their own living areas, abandoned buildings, and among dumping areas), and knowledge regarding the importance of monitoring engineering and institutional controls. Additionally, enhancement activities can include facilitating the participation of the state and local agencies (e.g., transportation, water, other infrastructure) in implementation of brownfields projects. States and tribes can also help local communities collaborate with local workforce development entities or Brownfields Environmental Workforce Development Job training recipients on the 10 EPA expects states and tribes will familiarize themselves with US EPA’s brownfields technical assistance opportunities for brownfields communities. For more information on technical assistance opportunities, please visit: https:// www.epa.gov/brownfields. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites.11 States and tribes also need to comply with Grants Policy Issuance (GPI) 17–01 Sustainability in EPA Cooperative Agreements. Other enhancement uses may be allowable as well. D. Uses Related to Site-Specific Activities 1. Eligible Uses of Funds for SiteSpecific Activities Site-specific assessment and cleanup activities should establish and/or enhance the response program and be tied to the four elements. Site-specific assessments and cleanups can be both eligible and allowable if the activities is included in the work plan negotiated between the EPA regional office and the state or tribe, but activities must comply with all applicable laws and are subject to the following restrictions: a. 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). EPA encourages states and tribes to use sitespecific funding to perform assessment (e.g., phase I, phase II, supplemental assessments and cleanup planning) and cleanup activities that will expedite the reuse and redevelopment of sites, and prioritize sites based on need.12 Furthermore, states and tribes that perform site-specific activities should plan to directly engage with and involve affected communities. For example, a Community Relations Plan (CRP) could be developed to provide reasonable notice about a planned cleanup, as well as opportunities for the public to comment on the cleanup. States and tribes should work towards securing additional funding for site-specific activities by leveraging resources from other sources such as businesses, nonprofit organizations, education and 11 For more information about EPA’s Brownfields Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program, please visit: https:// www.epa.gov/brownfields/types-brownfields-grantfunding. 12 An example of prioritizing sites based on need can be focusing on environmental justice. EPA defines environmental justice as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across the nation. Environmental justice will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work. For more information, please visit www.epa.gov/ environmentaljustice. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 training providers, and/or federal, state, tribal, and local governments; b. absent EPA approval, no more than $200,000 per site assessment can be funded with section 128(a) funds, and no more than $200,000 per site cleanup can be funded with section 128(a) funds; c. absent EPA approval, the state/tribe may not use funds awarded under this agreement to assess and/or clean up sites owned or operated by the recipient or held in trust by the United States Government for the recipient; and d. assessments and cleanups cannot be conducted at sites where the state/ tribe is a potentially responsible party pursuant to CERCLA section 107, except: • At brownfield sites contaminated by a controlled substance as defined in CERCLA section 101(39)(D)(ii)(I); or • when the recipient would satisfy all of the elements set forth in CERCLA section 101(40) to qualify as a bona fide prospective purchaser, or would satisfy all elements 101(40), except where the date of acquisition of the property was on or before January 11, 2002. Subawards are defined at 2 CFR 200.92 and may not be awarded to forprofit organizations. If the recipient plans on making any subawards under the cooperative agreement, then they become a pass-through entity. As the pass-through entity, the recipient must report on its subaward monitoring activities under 2 CFR 200.331(d). Additional reporting requirements for these activities will be included in the cooperative agreement. In addition, subawards 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: 1. At brownfields sites contaminated by a controlled substance as defined in CERCLA section 101(39)(D)(ii)(I); or 2. when the recipient would satisfy all of the elements set forth in CERCLA section 101(40) to qualify as a bona fide prospective purchaser, or would satisfy all elements of CERCLA 101(40)(D) except where the date of acquisition of the property was on or before January 11, 2002. 2. Limitations on the Amount of Funds Used for Site-Specific Activities and Waiver Process States and tribes may use section 128(a) funds for site-specific activities that improve state or tribal capacity. However, the amount recipients may request for site-specific assessments and cleanups may not exceed 50% of the E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices total amount of funding.13 In order to exceed the 50% site-specific funding limit, a state or tribe must submit a waiver request. The funding request must include a brief justification describing the reason(s) for spending more than 50% of an annual allocation on site-specific activities. An applicant, when requesting a waiver, must include the following information in the written justification: • Total amount requested for sitespecific activities; • percentage of the site-specific activities (assuming waiver is approved) in the total budget; • site-specific activities that will be covered by this funding. If known, provide site specific information and describe how work on each site contributes to the development or enhancement of your state/tribal site response program. Explain how the community will be (or has been) involved in prioritization of site work and especially those sites where there is a potential or known significant environmental impact to the community; • an explanation of how this shift in funding will not negatively impact the core programmatic capacity (i.e., the ability to establish/enhance the four required elements of a response program) and how the core program activities will be maintained in spite of an increase in site-specific work. Recipients must demonstrate that they have adequate funding from other sources to effectively carry out work on the four elements for EPA to grant a waiver of the 50% limit on using 128(a) funds for site-specific activities; and • an explanation as to whether the sites to be addressed are those for which the affected community(ies) has requested work be conducted (refer to Section VII.A Overview of Funding for more information). EPA Headquarters will review waiver requests based on the information in the justification and other information available to the Agency. EPA will inform recipients whether the waiver is approved. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 3. Uses Related to Site-Specific Activities at Petroleum Brownfield Sites States and tribes may use section 128(a) funds for activities that establish and enhance response programs addressing petroleum brownfield sites. Subject to the restrictions listed above (see Section VII.D.1) for all site-specific activities, the costs of site-specific 13 Oversight of assessment and cleanup activities performed by responsible parties (other than the state or tribe) does not count toward the 50% limit. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 assessments and cleanup activities at petroleum contaminated brownfield sites, as defined in CERCLA section 101(39)(D)(ii)(II), are both eligible and 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 capitalize a Brownfields RLF may be used at brownfield sites contaminated by petroleum to the extent allowed under CERCLA section 104(k)(3). 4. Additional Examples of Eligible SiteSpecific Activities Other eligible uses of funds for sitespecific related include, but are not limited to, the following activities: • Technical assistance to federal brownfields cooperative agreement recipients; • development and/or review of quality assurance project plans (QAPPs); and • entering data into the Assessment Cleanup and Redevelopment Exchange System (ACRES) database E. Uses Related to Activities at ‘‘NonBrownfield’’ Sites Other uses not specifically referenced in this guidance may also be eligible and allowable. Recipients should consult with their regional state or tribal contact for additional guidance. Costs incurred for activities at non-brownfield sites may be eligible and allowable if such activities are included in the state’s or tribe’s work plan. Direct assessment and cleanup activities may only be conducted on eligible brownfield sites, as defined in CERCLA section 101(39). VIII. General Programmatic Guidelines for 128(a) Grant Funding Requests Funding authorized under CERCLA section 128(a) is awarded through a cooperative agreement 14 between EPA and a state or a tribe. The program administers cooperative agreements under the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit requirements for Federal Awards regulations for all entity types including states, tribes, and local governments found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 2 CFR part 200 and any applicable EPA regulations in Title 2 CFR Subtitle B—Federal Agency Regulations for Grants and Agreements Chapter 15 as well as applicable provisions of 40 CFR part 35 Subparts A and B. Under these regulations, the 14 A cooperative agreement is an agreement to a state/tribe that includes substantial involvement by EPA on activities described in the work plan which may include technical assistance, collaboration on program priorities, etc. PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49083 cooperative agreement recipient for a section 128(a) grant is the government to which a cooperative agreement is awarded and which is accountable for use of the funds provided. The cooperative agreement recipient is the legal entity even if only a particular component of the entity is designated in the cooperative agreement award document. Further, unexpended balances of cooperative agreement funds are subject to restrictions under 40 CFR 35.118 and 40 CFR 35.518. EPA allocates funds to state and tribal response programs consistent with 40 CFR 35.420 and 40 CFR 35.737. A. 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. B. Maximum Funding Request For Fiscal Year 2019, EPA will consider funding requests up to a maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe. Please note that demand for this program continues to increase. Due to the increasing number of entities requesting funding, it is likely that the FY19 states and tribal individual funding amounts will be less than the FY18 individual funding amounts. C. 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. 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. D. Separate Cooperative Agreements for the Capitalization of RLFs Using Section 128(a) Funds If a portion of the section 128(a) grant funds requested will be used to capitalize a revolving loan fund for cleanup, pursuant to section 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 must, 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 E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices eligible for inclusion into a Performance Partnership Grant (PPG). E. Authority To Manage a Revolving Loan Fund Program If a state or tribe chooses to use its section 128(a) funds to capitalize a revolving loan fund program, the state or tribe must have the lead authority to manage the program (e.g., hold loans, make loans, enter into loan agreements, collect repayment, access and secure the site in event of an emergency or loan default). If the agency/department listed as the point of contact for the section 128(a) cooperative agreement does not have this authority, it must be able to demonstrate that another agency within that state or tribe has the authority to manage the RLF and is willing to do so. I. Establishing and Maintaining the Public Record H. Demonstrating the Four Elements As part of the annual work plan negotiation process, states or tribes that do not have VRP MOAs must 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 in Section VI and below, exists and is being maintained.15 Specifically for: • States or tribes that received initial funding prior to FY18: Requests for FY19 funds will not be accepted from states or tribes that fail to demonstrate, by the December 14, 2018 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 FY18 cooperative agreement that prohibited drawdown of FY18 funds prior to meeting the 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; and • states or tribes that received initial funding in FY18: By the time of the actual FY19 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 FY19 cooperative agreement that prohibits the drawdown of FY19 funds until the public record requirement is met). 15 For purposes of 128(a) 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. F. Section 128(a) Cooperative Agreements Can Be Part of a Performance Partnership Grant (PPG) States and tribes may include section 128(a) cooperative agreements in their PPG as described in 69 FR 51756 (2004). Section 128(a) funds used to capitalize an RLF or purchase environmental insurance or develop a risk sharing pool, an indemnity pool, or insurance mechanism to provide financing for response actions under a state or tribal response program are not eligible for inclusion in the PPG. G. 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. While not prohibited, preaward costs are subject to 40 CFR 35.113 and 40 CFR 35.513. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 demonstrate that their program includes, or is taking reasonable steps to include, the four elements described in Section V. EPA will not fund state or tribal response program annual work plans if EPA determines that these elements 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, on progress reports, or on EPA’s review of the state or tribal response program. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 J. Demonstration of Significant Utilization of Prior Years’ Funding States and tribes should be aware that EPA and its Congressional appropriations committees place significant emphasis on the utilization of prior years’ funding. Unused funds prior to FY18 will be considered in the allocation process. Existing balances of cooperative agreement funds as reflected in EPA’s Financial Data Warehouse as of January 1, 2019 may result in a decreased allocation amount or, if appropriate the deobligation and reallocation of prior funding by EPA Regions as provided for in 40 CFR 35.118 and 40 CFR 35.518. K. Allocation System and Process for Distribution of Funds After the December 14, 2018, request deadline, EPA’s Regional Offices will submit summaries of state and tribal requests to EPA Headquarters. Before doing so, 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, and scope of the perceived need for funding (e.g., size of state or tribal jurisdiction or the proposed work plan balanced against capacity of the program, amount of current year funding, funds remaining from prior years, etc). After receipt of the regional recommendations, EPA Headquarters will consolidate requests and make decisions on the final funding allocations. 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. Please refer to process flow chart below (dates are estimates and subject to change): E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 EN28SE18.000</GPH> 49084 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices IX. Information To Be Submitted With the Funding Request A. Summary of Planned Use of FY19 Funding All states and tribes requesting FY19 funds must submit (to their regional brownfields contact, shown on the last page of this guidance) a draft work plan of the funds with associated dollar amounts to their regional brownfields contact listed on the last page. Please contact your regional brownfields contact or visit www.epa.gov/ brownfields/brownfieldscomprehensive-environmentalresponse-compensation-and-liabilityact-cercla for a sample draft work plan. For entities which received CERCLA 128(a) funding in previous years, respond to the following: 1. Funding Request a. Prepare a draft work plan and budget for your FY19 funding request. The funding requested should be reasonably spent in one year. The requestor should work, as early as possible, with their EPA regional program contact to ensure that the funding amount requested and related activities are reasonable. b. In your funding request, include the prior years’ funding amount. Include any funds that you, the recipient, have not received or drawn down in payments (i.e., funds EPA has obligated for grants that remain in EPA’s Financial Data Warehouse). EPA will consider these funds in the allocation process when determining the recipient’s programmatic needs. The recipient should include a detailed explanation and justification of prior year funds that remain in EPA’s Financial Data Warehouse. The recipient should consult with the region regarding the amount of unspent funds which require explanation to ensure they have addressed the full amount of any remaining balance. If you do not have an MOA with EPA, demonstrate how your program includes, or is taking reasonable steps to include, the four elements described in Section VI. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Note: Programmatic Capability—[Only Respond if Specifically Requested by Region] EPA Regions may request demonstration of Programmatic Capability if the returning grantee has experienced key staff turnover or if the grantee has open programmatic review findings. An entity’s corresponding EPA Region will notify returning recipients if the information below is required, and it must be included with your funding request. Describe the organizational VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 structure you will utilize to ensure sound program management to guarantee or confirm timely and successful expenditure of funds, and completion of all technical, administrative and financial requirements of the program and cooperative agreement. a. Include a brief description of the key qualifications of staff to manage the response program and/or the process you will follow to hire staff to manage the response program. If key staff is already in place, include their roles, expertise, qualifications, and experience. b. Discuss how this response program fits into your current environmental program(s). If you do not have an environmental program, describe your process to develop, or interest to start one. c. Describe if you have had adverse audit findings. If you had problems with the administration of any grants or cooperative agreements, describe how you have corrected, or are correcting, the problems. For tribal entities which have never received CERCLA 128(a) funding, respond to the following: 2. Funding Request a. Describe your plan to establish a response program, why it is a priority for your tribe, and why CERCLA 128(a) funding will be beneficial to your program. If your tribe is already supported by a tribal consortium receiving CERCLA 128(a) funding, explain why additional resources are necessary. b. Prepare a draft work plan and budget for your first funding year. The funding requested should be reasonably spent in one year. For budget planning purposes, it is recommended that you assume funding sufficient to support 0.5 staff to establish a response program and some travel to attend regional and national trainings or events. 3. Programmatic Capability a. Describe the organizational structure you will utilize to ensure sound program management to guarantee or confirm timely and successful expenditure of funds, and completion of all technical, administrative and financial requirements of the program and cooperative agreement. b. Include a brief description of the key qualifications of staff to manage the response program and/or the process you will follow to hire staff to manage the response program. If key staff is already in place, include their roles, PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49085 expertise, qualifications, and experience. c. Discuss how this response program fits into your current environmental program(s). If you do not have an environmental program, describe your process to develop, or interest to start one. d. Describe if you have had adverse audit findings. If you had problems with the administration of any grants or cooperative agreements, describe how you have corrected, or are correcting, the problems. X. 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. Each of the subsections below summarizes the basic terms and conditions, and related reporting that will be incorporated into your cooperative agreement. A. Progress Reports In accordance with 2 CFR 200.328 and any EPA specific regulations, state and tribes must provide progress reports meeting the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement negotiated. 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 or tribe accomplishments and environmental outputs associated with the approved budget and work plan. Reports should also provide an accounting of section 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 related to establishing or, if already established, maintaining the public record. Depending upon the activities included in the state’s or tribe’s work plan, the recipient may also need to report on the following: 1. Interim and final progress reports. Reports must prominently display the following information as reflected in the current EPA strategic plan: Strategic Plan Goal 1: Core Mission: Deliver real results to provide Americans with clean air, land, and water, and ensure chemical safety; Strategic Plan Objective 1.3: Revitalize Land and Prevent E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 49086 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices Contamination; and Work Plan Commitments and Timeframes. EPA’s strategic plan can be found on the internet at http://www.epa.gov/ planandbudget/strategicplan.html. 2. 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: • 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); and 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; 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. 3. Reporting for site-specific assessment or cleanup activities. Recipients with work plans that include funding for brownfields site assessment or cleanup must input information required by the OMB-approved Property Profile Form into the ACRES database for each site assessment and cleanup. In addition, recipients must report how they provide the affected community with prior notice and opportunity for meaningful participation as per CERCLA section 128(a)(2)(C)(ii), on proposed cleanup plans and site VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 activities. For example, EPA strongly encourages states and tribes to seek public input regarding the priority of sites to be addressed and to solicit input from local communities, especially potential environmental justice communities, communities with a health risk related to exposure to hazardous waste or other public health concerns, economically disadvantaged or remote communities, and communities with limited experience working with government agencies. 4. 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; and • number of staff conducting oversight audits, providing technical assistance, or conducting other oversight activities. 5. Reporting required when using funding for an RLF. Recipients with work plans that include funding for a revolving loan fund must include the information required by the terms and conditions for progress reporting under CERCLA section 104(k)(3) RLF cooperative agreements. 6. Reporting environmental insurance. Recipients with work plans that include funding for environmental insurance must report: • Number and description of insurance policies purchased (e.g., name of insurer, type of coverage provided, dollar limits of coverage, any buffers or deductibles, category and identity of insured persons, premium, first dollar or umbrella, whether 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. The regional offices may also request that information be added to the progress reports, as appropriate, to properly document activities described by the cooperative agreement work plan. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. B. Reporting of Program Activity Levels States and tribes must report, by December 14, 2018, a summary of the previous federal fiscal year’s work (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018). The following information must be submitted to your regional project officer: • Environmental programs where CERCLA section 128(a) funds are used to support capacity building (general program support, non-site-specific work). Indicate as appropriate from the following: llBrownfields llUnderground Storage Tanks/ Leaking Underground Storage Tanks llFederal Facilities llSolid Waste llSuperfund llHazardous Waste Facilities llVCP (Voluntary Cleanup Program, Independent Cleanup Program, etc.) llOtherllll; • number of properties (or sites) enrolled in a response program during FY18; • number of properties (or sites) where documentation indicates that cleanup work is complete and all required institutional controls (IC’s) are in place, or not required; • total number of acres associated with properties (or sites) in the previous bullet; • number of properties where assistance was provided, but the property was not enrolled in the response program (OPTIONAL); • date that the public record was last updated; • Estimated total number of properties (or sites) in your brownfields inventory; • Number of audits/inspections/ reviews/other conducted to ensure engineering controls and institutional controls are still protective; and • Did you develop or revise legislation, regulations, codes, guidance documents or policies related to establishing or enhancing your Voluntary Cleanup Program/Response Program during FY18? If yes, please indicate the type and whether it was new or revised. EPA may require states/ tribes to report specific performance measures related to the four elements E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices that can be aggregated for national reporting to Congress. C. Reporting of Public Record All recipients must report, as specified in the terms and conditions of their cooperative agreement, and in Section VIII.I of this guidance, 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., website or other public database to meet the public record requirement). To meet the reporting requirement, recipients reporting may only be required to demonstrate that the public record (a) exists and is up-to-date, and (b) is adequate. A public record must, as appropriate, include the following information: A list of sites at which response actions have been completed in the past year including: • Date the response action was completed; • site name; • 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; • type of institutional control(s) 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.); and • size of the site in acres. A list of sites planned to be addressed by the state or tribal response program in the coming year 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; • type of the institutional control(s) 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.); and • size of the site in acres. 49087 D. Award Administration Information 3. Provide their DUNS number in each application or proposal submitted to the agency. Applicants can receive a DUNS number, at no cost, by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line at 1–866–705–5711, or visiting the D&B website at: http:// www.dnb.com. If an applicant fails to comply with these requirements, it will affect their ability to receive the award. Please note that the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system has been replaced by the System for Award Management (SAM). To learn more about SAM, go to SAM.gov or https:// www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/. 1. Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting 3. Submitting an Application via Grants.gov Applicants must ensure that they have the necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the subaward and executive total compensation reporting requirements established under OMB guidance at 2 CFR part 170, unless they qualify for an exception from the requirements, should they be selected for funding. If funding is provided it will be provided through a cooperative agreement award. All cooperative agreement applications for noncompetitive assistance agreements must be submitted using Grants.gov. Below is the information that the applicant will use to submit their State and Tribal Response Program Grant applications via Grants.gov: CDFA number: 66.817 Funding Opportunity Number (FON): EPA–CEP–02 To learn more about the Grants.gov submission requirements, go to http:// www.epa.gov/grants/how-apply-grants. 2. System for Award Management (SAM) and Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Requirements Unless exempt from these requirements under OMB guidance at 2 CFR part 25 (e.g., individuals), applicants must: 1. Be registered in SAM prior to submitting an application or proposal under this announcement. SAM information can be found at https:// www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/; 2. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which they have an active federal award or an application or proposal under consideration by an agency; and 4. Use of Funds An applicant that receives an award under this announcement is expected to manage assistance agreement funds efficiently and effectively, and make sufficient progress towards completing the project activities described in the work-plan in a timely manner. The assistance agreement will include terms and conditions related to implementing this requirement. REGIONAL STATE AND TRIBAL BROWNFIELDS CONTACTS Region State Tribal 1—CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT James Byrne, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (OSRR07–2), Boston, MA 02109–3912, Phone (617) 918–1389, Fax (617) 918–1294. John Struble, 290 Broadway, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10007–1866, Phone (212) 637–4291, Fax (212) 637– 3083. Michael Taurino, 1650 Arch Street (3HS51), Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone (215) 814–3371, Fax (215) 814–3274. Cindy Nolan, 61 Forsyth Street SW, 10TH FL (9T25), Atlanta, GA 30303–8960, Phone (404) 562–8425, Fax (404) 562–8788. Keary Cragan, 77 West Jackson Boulevard (SB–5J), Chicago, IL 60604–3507, Phone (312) 353–5669, Fax (312) 692–2161. AmyJean McKeown, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (OSRR07–2), Boston, MA 02109–3912, Phone (617) 918–1248, Fax (617) 918–1294. Phillip Clappin, 290 Broadway, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10007–1866, Phone (212) 637–4431, Fax (212) 637–3083. Michael Taurino, 1650 Arch Street (3HS51), Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone (215) 814–3371, Fax (215) 814–3274. Olga Perry, 61 Forsyth Street SW, 10TH FL (9T25), Atlanta, GA 30303–8960, Phone (404) 562–8534, Fax (404) 562–8788. Rosita Clark, 77 West Jackson Boulevard (SB–5J), Chicago, IL 60604–3507, Phone (312) 886–7251, Fax (312) 697–2075. 2—NJ, NY, PR, VI ............... amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 3—DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV. 4—AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN. 5—IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI ... VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 49088 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices REGIONAL STATE AND TRIBAL BROWNFIELDS CONTACTS—Continued Region State Tribal 6—AR, LA, NM, OK, TX ...... Roger Hancock, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200 (6SF), Dallas, TX 75202–2733, Phone (214) 665–6688, Fax (214) 665–6660. Susan Klein, 11201 Renner Boulevard (SUPRSTAR), Lenexa KS 66219, Phone (913) 551–7786, Fax (913) 551–9786. Christina Wilson, 1595 Wynkoop Street (EPR–AR), Denver, CO 80202–1129, Phone (303) 312–6706, Fax (303) 312–6065. Eugenia Chow, 75 Hawthorne St. (SFD–6–1), San Francisco, CA 94105, Phone (415) 972–3160, Fax (415) 947–3520. Mary K. Goolie, 222 West 7th Avenue #19 (AOO), Anchorage, AK 99513 Phone (907) 271–3414, Fax (907) 271–3424. Roger Hancock, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200 (6SF), Dallas, TX 75202–2733, Phone (214) 665–6688, Fax (214) 665–6660. Jennifer Morris, 11201 Renner Boulevard (SUPRSTAR), Lenexa KS 66219, Phone (913) 551– 7341, Fax (913) 551–9341. Melisa Devincenzi, 1595 Wynkoop Street (EPR–AR), Denver, CO 80202–1129, Phone (303) 312–6377, Fax (303) 312–6962. Jose Garcia, Jr., 600 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1460, Los Angeles, CA 90017, Phone (213) 244–1811, Fax (213) 244–1850. Mary K. Goolie, 222 West 7th Avenue #19 (AOO), Anchorage, AK 99513 Phone (907) 271–3414, Fax (907) 271–3424. 7—IA, KS, MO, NE .............. 8—CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY. 9—AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU, MP. 10—AK, ID, OR, WA ........... amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Appendix A Funding Guidance for CERCLA 128(a) Small Technical Assistance Grants Section 128(a)(1)(B)(ii)(III) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, authorizes a noncompetitive $1.5 million grant program to assist small communities, Indian tribes, rural areas, or disadvantaged areas to carryout section CERCLA 104(k)(7) (by providing training, research, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations, as appropriate, to facilitate the inventory of brownfields sites, site assessments, remediation of brownfield sites, community involvement, or site preparation). Statutory definitions of communities eligible to receive funding on behalf of a state or tribe. A recipient can define community as a census track: Disadvantaged Area—The term ‘disadvantaged area’ means a community with an annual median household income that is less than 80 percent of the statewide annual median household income, as determined by the President based on the latest available decennial census and/or Small Community—the term ‘small community’ means a community with a population of not more than 15,000 individuals, as determined by the President based on the latest available decennial census. State and tribes with active CERCLA 128(a) grants and are requesting funds in fiscal year 2019 are eligible to submit one request on behalf of a small community or disadvantaged area. The maximum amount of funding allowed is $20,000. The funding will be awarded as part of the FY19 CERCLA 128(a) funding grant. Requests will be considered based on the following: • Readiness of the recipient and community to complete the project within a year of award, • the recipient is in good standing with their current CERCLA 128(a) grant, • has documented support from the community benefiting from this grant, and • adequately responds to the criteria listed below. Information to include in the request: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 • The amount of funding requested, • a description of the target community and how they meet the statutory definition of disadvantaged area or small community, • a description of the proposed project, including a description of key activities, and how it will further brownfields reuse, • the expected outcomes and timeline to complete the project, • how/who will be conducting the activities (e.g., state, tribe, contractor) • if additional resources are necessary to complete the project, please explain how you will secure them, • an explanation of why existing state and tribal funding is inadequate to complete the proposed project, • and demonstrate that the community supports the state or tribe receiving the grant Requests should be no more than 2 pages. These funds may not be places in Performance Partnership Grants. XI. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), this action is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ and is therefore not subject to review under Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 (76 FR 3821, January 21, 2011). Because this action is not subject to notice and comment requirements under the Administrative Procedures Act or any other statute, it is not subject to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) or Sections 202 and 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1999 (UMRA) (Pub.L. 104–4). In addition, this action does not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. This action does not create new binding legal requirements that substantially and directly affect Tribes under Executive Order 13175 (63 FR 67249, November 9, 2000). This action does not have significant Federalism implications under Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999). Because this action has been exempted from review under Executive Order 12866, this PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 action is not subject to Executive Order 13211, entitled Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001) or Executive Order 13045, entitled Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997). This action does not contain any information collections subject to OMB approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., nor does it require any special considerations under Executive Order 12898, entitled Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994). This action does not involve technical standards; thus, the requirements of Section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) do not apply. The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., generally provides that before certain actions may take effect, the agency promulgating the action must submit a report, which includes a copy of the action, to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. Because this final action does not contain legally binding requirements, it is not subject to the Congressional Review Act. Dated: September 12, 2018. David R. Lloyd, Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Office of Land and Emergency Management. [FR Doc. 2018–20736 Filed 9–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 189 (Friday, September 28, 2018)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9984-33-OLEM]


Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability 
Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 128(a); Notice of Grant Funding 
Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs for FY2019

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will accept 
requests, from October 15, 2018 through December 14, 2018, for grants 
to establish and enhance 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 of a response program and establishing 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 2019, EPA will consider funding requests up to a 
maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe. 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 these 
grants.

DATES: This action is applicable as of October 15, 2018. EPA expects to 
make non-competitive grant awards to states and tribes which apply 
during fiscal year 2019.

ADDRESSES: Mailing addresses for EPA Regional Offices and EPA 
Headquarters can be found at www.epa.gov/brownfields and at the end of 
this Notice. Funding requests may be submitted electronically to the 
EPA Regional Offices.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Lentz, EPA's Office of Land and 
Emergency Management, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, 
(202) 566 2745, [email protected] or the applicable EPA Regional 
Office listed at the end this Notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. General 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. CERCLA section 128(a) response 
program grants are funded with categorical \3\ State and Tribal 
Assistance Grant (STAG) appropriations. Section 128(a) cooperative 
agreements are awarded and administered by the EPA regional offices. 
Generally, these response programs address the assessment, cleanup, and 
redevelopment of brownfields sites and other sites with actual or 
perceived contamination. This document provides guidance that will 
enable states and tribes to apply for and use Fiscal Year 2019 section 
128(a) funds \4\.
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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, 
are also eligible for funding under CERCLA section 128(a).
    \3\ Categorical grants are issued by the U.S. Congress to fund 
state and local governments for narrowly defined purposes.
    \4\ The Agency may waive any provision of this guidance that is 
not required by statute, regulation, Executive Order or overriding 
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    Section 128(a)(1)(B)(ii)(III) of the Comprehensive Environmental 
Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, 
authorizes a noncompetitive $1.5 million grant program to assist small 
communities, Indian tribes, rural areas, or disadvantaged areas to 
carryout section CERCLA 104(k)(7) (by providing training, research, and 
technical assistance to individuals and organizations, as appropriate, 
to facilitate the inventory of brownfields sites, site assessments, 
remediation of brownfield sites, community involvement, or site 
preparation). The guidance regarding CERCLA 128(a)(1)(B)(ii)(III) Small 
Technical Assistance Grants is located in Appendix A.
    The Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance entry for the section 
128(a) State and Tribal Response Program cooperative agreements is 
66.817. This grant program is eligible to be included in state and 
tribal Performance Partnership Grants under 40 CFR part 35 Subparts A 
and B, with the exception of funds used to capitalize a revolving loan 
fund for brownfield remediation under section 104(k)(3); or purchase 
environmental insurance or developing a risk sharing pool, an indemnity 
pool, or insurance mechanism to provide financing for response actions 
under a State or Tribal response program.
    Requests for funding will be accepted from October 15, 2018 through 
December 14, 2018. Requests EPA receives after December 14, 2018 will 
not be considered for FY2019 funding. Information that must be 
submitted with the funding request is listed in Section IX of this 
guidance. States or tribes that do not submit the request in the 
appropriate manner may forfeit their ability to receive funds. First 
time requestors are strongly encouraged to contact their Regional EPA 
Brownfields contacts, listed at the end of this guidance, prior to 
submitting their funding request. EPA will consider funding requests up 
to a maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe for FY2019.
    Requests submitted by the December 14, 2018 request deadline are 
preliminary; final cooperative agreement work plans and budgets will be 
negotiated with the regional offices once final funding allocation 
determinations are made. As in previous years, EPA will place special 
emphasis on reviewing a cooperative agreement recipient's use of prior 
section 128(a) funding in making allocation decisions and unexpended 
balances are subject to 40 CFR 35.118 and 40 CFR 35.518 to the extent 
consistent with this guidance. Also, EPA will prioritize funding for 
recipients establishing their response programs.
    States and tribes requesting funds are required to provide a Dun 
and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number with their 
cooperative agreement's final package. For more information, please go 
to www.grants.gov.

II. Background

    State and tribal response programs oversee assessment and cleanup 
activities at brownfield sites across the country. The depth and 
breadth of these programs vary. Some focus on CERCLA related 
activities, while others are multi-faceted, addressing sites regulated 
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Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Many states also offer 
accompanying financial incentive programs to spur cleanup and 
redevelopment. In enacting CERCLA section 128(a),\5\ Congress 
recognized the value of state and tribal response programs in cleaning 
up and redeveloping brownfield sites. Section 128(a) strengthens EPA's 
partnerships with states and tribes, and recognizes the response 
programs' critical role in overseeing cleanups.
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    \5\ Section 128(a) was added to CERCLA in 2002 by the Small 
Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act 
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    This funding is intended for those states and tribes that have the 
required management and administrative capacity within their government 
to administer a federal grant. 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 of an environmental 
response program and that the program establishes and maintains a 
public record of sites addressed. Subject to the availability of funds, 
EPA regional personnel will provide technical assistance to states and 
tribes as they apply for and carry out section 128(a) cooperative 
agreements.

III. Eligibility for Funding

    To be eligible for funding under CERCLA section 128(a), a state or 
tribe must:
    1. Demonstrate that its response program includes, or is taking 
reasonable steps to include, the four elements of a response program 
described in Section V of this guidance; or be a party to a voluntary 
response program Memorandum of Agreement (VRP MOA) \6\ with EPA; and
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maintain and make available a public record are automatically 
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    2. 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)).

IV. 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 section 128(a) funds a state or tribe uses to capitalize a 
Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), for which there is a 20% cost 
share requirement. Section 128(a) funds uses to capitalize a RLF must 
be operated in accordance with CERCLA section 104(k)(3).

V. The Four Elements--Section 128(a)(2)

    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 described below. 
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.
    The four elements of a response program are described below:
    1. Timely survey and inventory of brownfield sites in state or 
tribal land. The goal for 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 brownfield 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 brownfield sites within their state or tribal lands. 
Inventories should evolve to a prioritization of sites based on 
community needs, planning priorities, and protection of human health 
and the environment. Inventories should be developed in direct 
coordination with communities, and particular attention should focus on 
communities with limited capacity to compete for and manage a 
competitive brownfield assessment, revolving loan, or cleanup 
cooperative agreement.
    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 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.
    2. Oversight and enforcement authorities or other mechanisms and 
resources. The goal for this element is to have state and tribal 
response programs that include oversight and enforcement authorities or 
other mechanisms, and resources to ensure that:
    a. A response action will protect human health and the environment, 
and be conducted in accordance with applicable laws; and
    b. the state or tribe will complete the necessary response 
activities if the person conducting the response fails to complete them 
(this includes operation and maintenance and/or long-term monitoring 
activities).
    3. Mechanisms and resources to provide meaningful opportunities for 
public participation.\7\ The goal for this element is to have states 
and tribes include in their response program mechanisms and resources 
for meaningful public participation, at the local level, including, at 
a minimum:
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    a. Public access to documents and related materials that a state, 
tribe, or party conducting the cleanup is relying on or developing to 
make cleanup decisions or conduct site activities;
    b. prior notice and opportunity for meaningful public comment on 
cleanup plans and site activities, including the input into the 
prioritization of sites; and
    c. 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 brownfield 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.
    4. Mechanisms for approval of cleanup plans, and verification and 
certification that cleanup is complete. The goal for 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 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.

VI. 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, as described below, to enable meaningful public 
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Section V.3 above). Specifically, under section 128(b)(1)(C), states 
and tribes must:
    1. Maintain and update, at least annually or more often as 
appropriate, a public record that includes the name and location of 
sites at which response actions have been completed during the previous 
year;
    2. maintain and update, at least annually or more often as 
appropriate, a public record that includes the name and location of 
sites at which response actions are planned in the next year; and
    3. 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 and include relevant information concerning the 
entity responsible for oversight, monitoring, and/or maintenance of the 
institutional and engineering controls; and how the responsible entity 
is implementing those activities (see Section VI.C).
    Section 128(a) funds may be used to maintain and make available a 
public record system that meets the requirements discussed above.

A. 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 or are 
planned in the upcoming year. In contrast, the ``timely survey and 
inventory'' element, described above, refers to identifying brownfield 
sites regardless of planned or completed actions.

B. 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 such 
information available to the public via the internet or other avenues. 
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.\8\ States and tribes should ensure that all affected communities 
have appropriate access to the public record by making it available on-
line, in print at libraries, or at other community gathering places.
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latitude and longitude information, please see EPA's data standards 
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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.

C. 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 (such as ensuring the entity responsible for 
oversight, monitoring, and/or maintenance of the institutional and 
engineering controls is implementing those activities) in their work 
plans.\9\
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    \9\ States and tribes may find useful information on 
institutional controls on the EPA's institutional controls website 
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VII. Use of Funding

A. 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 funding to ``establish or enhance'' its response program. 
Specifically, a state or tribe may use cooperative agreement funds to 
build response programs that include the four elements outline in 
section 128(a)(2). Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, 
the following:
     Developing legislation, regulations, procedures, 
ordinances, guidance, etc. that establish or enhance the administrative 
and legal structure of a response program;
     establishing and maintaining the required public record 
described in Section VI of this guidance;
     operation, maintenance and long-term monitoring of 
institutional controls and engineering controls;
     conducting site-specific activities, such as assessment or 
cleanup, provided such activities establish and/or enhance the response 
program and are tied to the four elements. In addition to the 
requirement under CERCLA section 128(a)(2)(C)(ii) to provide for public 
comment on cleanup plans and site activities, EPA strongly encourages 
states and tribes to seek public input regarding the priority of sites 
to be addressed-especially from local communities with health risks 
related to exposure to hazardous waste or other public health concerns, 
those in economically disadvantaged or remote areas, and those with 
limited experience working with government agencies. EPA will not 
provide section 128(a) funds solely for assessment or cleanup of 
specific brownfield sites; site-specific activities must be part of an 
overall section 128(a) work plan that includes funding for other 
activities that establish or enhance the four elements;
     capitalizing a revolving loan fund (RLF) for brownfields 
cleanup as authorized 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 percent match (in the form of 
money, labor, material, or services from a non-federal source) 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 relevant to CERCLA section 
104(k)(4) also apply; and
     purchasing environmental insurance or developing a risk-
sharing pool, indemnity pool, or insurance mechanism to provide 
financing for response actions under a state or tribal response 
program.

B. 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 
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ordinances, procedures, guidance, and a public record.
    States and tribes also need to comply with Grants Policy Issuance 
(GPI) 17-01 Sustainability in EPA Cooperative Agreements.

C. Uses Related To Enhancing a State or Tribal Response Program

    Under CERCLA section 128(a), enhancing a state or tribal response 
program includes 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 such programs.
    The exact enhancement activities 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 (training examples include ASTM 
standards for conducting Limited Transaction Screens, Environmental 
Phase I and Phase IIs). It may also include developing better 
coordination and understanding of other state response programs, (e.g., 
RCRA or Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)). As another example, states 
and tribal response program enhancement activities can also include 
outreach to local communities to increase awareness about brownfields, 
building a sustainable brownfields program, federal brownfields 
technical assistance opportunities \10\ (e.g., holding workshops to 
assist communities to apply for federal Brownfields grant funding, 
attending health fairs and cleanup days to inform individuals how to 
identify hazards in their own living areas, abandoned buildings, and 
among dumping areas), and knowledge regarding the importance of 
monitoring engineering and institutional controls. Additionally, 
enhancement activities can include facilitating the participation of 
the state and local agencies (e.g., transportation, water, other 
infrastructure) in implementation of brownfields projects. States and 
tribes can also help local communities collaborate with local workforce 
development entities or Brownfields Environmental Workforce Development 
Job training recipients on the assessment and cleanup of brownfield 
sites.\11\ States and tribes also need to comply with Grants Policy 
Issuance (GPI) 17-01 Sustainability in EPA Cooperative Agreements. 
Other enhancement uses may be allowable as well.
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    \10\ EPA expects states and tribes will familiarize themselves 
with US EPA's brownfields technical assistance opportunities for 
brownfields communities. For more information on technical 
assistance opportunities, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields.
    \11\ For more information about EPA's Brownfields Environmental 
Workforce Development and Job Training Program, please visit: 
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D. Uses Related to Site-Specific Activities

1. Eligible Uses of Funds for Site-Specific Activities
    Site-specific assessment and cleanup activities should establish 
and/or enhance the response program and be tied to the four elements. 
Site-specific assessments and cleanups can be both eligible and 
allowable if the activities is included in the work plan negotiated 
between the EPA regional office and the state or tribe, but activities 
must comply with all applicable laws and are subject to the following 
restrictions:
    a. 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). EPA encourages states and tribes to use site-
specific funding to perform assessment (e.g., phase I, phase II, 
supplemental assessments and cleanup planning) and cleanup activities 
that will expedite the reuse and redevelopment of sites, and prioritize 
sites based on need.\12\ Furthermore, states and tribes that perform 
site-specific activities should plan to directly engage with and 
involve affected communities. For example, a Community Relations Plan 
(CRP) could be developed to provide reasonable notice about a planned 
cleanup, as well as opportunities for the public to comment on the 
cleanup. States and tribes should work towards securing additional 
funding for site-specific activities by leveraging resources from other 
sources such as businesses, non-profit organizations, education and 
training providers, and/or federal, state, tribal, and local 
governments;
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    \12\ An example of prioritizing sites based on need can be 
focusing on environmental justice. EPA defines environmental justice 
as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people 
regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect 
to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental 
laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all 
communities and persons across the nation. Environmental justice 
will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection 
from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the 
decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to 
live, learn, and work. For more information, please visit 
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    b. absent EPA approval, no more than $200,000 per site assessment 
can be funded with section 128(a) funds, and no more than $200,000 per 
site cleanup can be funded with section 128(a) funds;
    c. absent EPA approval, the state/tribe may not use funds awarded 
under this agreement to assess and/or clean up sites owned or operated 
by the recipient or held in trust by the United States Government for 
the recipient; and
    d. assessments and cleanups cannot be conducted at sites where the 
state/tribe is a potentially responsible party pursuant to CERCLA 
section 107, except:
     At brownfield sites contaminated by a controlled substance 
as defined in CERCLA section 101(39)(D)(ii)(I); or
     when the recipient would satisfy all of the elements set 
forth in CERCLA section 101(40) to qualify as a bona fide prospective 
purchaser, or would satisfy all elements 101(40), except where the date 
of acquisition of the property was on or before January 11, 2002.
    Subawards are defined at 2 CFR 200.92 and may not be awarded to 
for-profit organizations. If the recipient plans on making any 
subawards under the cooperative agreement, then they become a pass-
through entity. As the pass-through entity, the recipient must report 
on its subaward monitoring activities under 2 CFR 200.331(d). 
Additional reporting requirements for these activities will be included 
in the cooperative agreement. In addition, subawards 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:
    1. At brownfields sites contaminated by a controlled substance as 
defined in CERCLA section 101(39)(D)(ii)(I); or
    2. when the recipient would satisfy all of the elements set forth 
in CERCLA section 101(40) to qualify as a bona fide prospective 
purchaser, or would satisfy all elements of CERCLA 101(40)(D) except 
where the date of acquisition of the property was on or before January 
11, 2002.
2. Limitations on the Amount of Funds Used for Site-Specific Activities 
and Waiver Process
    States and tribes may use section 128(a) funds for site-specific 
activities that improve state or tribal capacity. However, the amount 
recipients may request for site-specific assessments and cleanups may 
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total amount of funding.\13\ In order to exceed the 50% site-specific 
funding limit, a state or tribe must submit a waiver request. The 
funding request must include a brief justification describing the 
reason(s) for spending more than 50% of an annual allocation on site-
specific activities. An applicant, when requesting a waiver, must 
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     Total amount requested for site-specific activities;
     percentage of the site-specific activities (assuming 
waiver is approved) in the total budget;
     site-specific activities that will be covered by this 
funding. If known, provide site specific information and describe how 
work on each site contributes to the development or enhancement of your 
state/tribal site response program. Explain how the community will be 
(or has been) involved in prioritization of site work and especially 
those sites where there is a potential or known significant 
environmental impact to the community;
     an explanation of how this shift in funding will not 
negatively impact the core programmatic capacity (i.e., the ability to 
establish/enhance the four required elements of a response program) and 
how the core program activities will be maintained in spite of an 
increase in site-specific work. Recipients must demonstrate that they 
have adequate funding from other sources to effectively carry out work 
on the four elements for EPA to grant a waiver of the 50% limit on 
using 128(a) funds for site-specific activities; and
     an explanation as to whether the sites to be addressed are 
those for which the affected community(ies) has requested work be 
conducted (refer to Section VII.A Overview of Funding for more 
information).
    EPA Headquarters will review waiver requests based on the 
information in the justification and other information available to the 
Agency. EPA will inform recipients whether the waiver is approved.
3. Uses Related to Site-Specific Activities at Petroleum Brownfield 
Sites
    States and tribes may use section 128(a) funds for activities that 
establish and enhance response programs addressing petroleum brownfield 
sites. Subject to the restrictions listed above (see Section VII.D.1) 
for all site-specific activities, the costs of site-specific 
assessments and cleanup activities at petroleum contaminated brownfield 
sites, as defined in CERCLA section 101(39)(D)(ii)(II), are both 
eligible and 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 capitalize a Brownfields RLF may be used 
at brownfield sites contaminated by petroleum to the extent allowed 
under CERCLA section 104(k)(3).
4. Additional Examples of Eligible Site-Specific Activities
    Other eligible uses of funds for site-specific related include, but 
are not limited to, the following activities:
     Technical assistance to federal brownfields cooperative 
agreement recipients;
     development and/or review of quality assurance project 
plans (QAPPs); and
     entering data into the Assessment Cleanup and 
Redevelopment Exchange System (ACRES) database

E. Uses Related to Activities at ``Non-Brownfield'' Sites

    Other uses not specifically referenced in this guidance may also be 
eligible and allowable. Recipients should consult with their regional 
state or tribal contact for additional guidance. Costs incurred for 
activities at non-brownfield sites may be eligible and allowable if 
such activities are included in the state's or tribe's work plan. 
Direct assessment and cleanup activities may only be conducted on 
eligible brownfield sites, as defined in CERCLA section 101(39).

VIII. General Programmatic Guidelines for 128(a) Grant Funding Requests

    Funding authorized under CERCLA section 128(a) is awarded through a 
cooperative agreement \14\ between EPA and a state or a tribe. The 
program administers cooperative agreements under the Uniform 
Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit requirements for 
Federal Awards regulations for all entity types including states, 
tribes, and local governments found in the Code of Federal Regulations 
at 2 CFR part 200 and any applicable EPA regulations in Title 2 CFR 
Subtitle B--Federal Agency Regulations for Grants and Agreements 
Chapter 15 as well as applicable provisions of 40 CFR part 35 Subparts 
A and B. Under these regulations, the cooperative agreement recipient 
for a section 128(a) grant is the government to which a cooperative 
agreement is awarded and which is accountable for use of the funds 
provided. The cooperative agreement recipient is the legal entity even 
if only a particular component of the entity is designated in the 
cooperative agreement award document. Further, unexpended balances of 
cooperative agreement funds are subject to restrictions under 40 CFR 
35.118 and 40 CFR 35.518. EPA allocates funds to state and tribal 
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    \14\ A cooperative agreement is an agreement to a state/tribe 
that includes substantial involvement by EPA on activities described 
in the work plan which may include technical assistance, 
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A. 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.

B. Maximum Funding Request

    For Fiscal Year 2019, EPA will consider funding requests up to a 
maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe. Please note that demand for 
this program continues to increase. Due to the increasing number of 
entities requesting funding, it is likely that the FY19 states and 
tribal individual funding amounts will be less than the FY18 individual 
funding amounts.

C. 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. 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.

D. Separate Cooperative Agreements for the Capitalization of RLFs Using 
Section 128(a) Funds

    If a portion of the section 128(a) grant funds requested will be 
used to capitalize a revolving loan fund for cleanup, pursuant to 
section 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 
must, however, submit one initial request for funding, delineating the 
RLF as a proposed use. Section 128(a) funds used to capitalize an RLF 
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eligible for inclusion into a Performance Partnership Grant (PPG).

E. Authority To Manage a Revolving Loan Fund Program

    If a state or tribe chooses to use its section 128(a) funds to 
capitalize a revolving loan fund program, the state or tribe must have 
the lead authority to manage the program (e.g., hold loans, make loans, 
enter into loan agreements, collect repayment, access and secure the 
site in event of an emergency or loan default). If the agency/
department listed as the point of contact for the section 128(a) 
cooperative agreement does not have this authority, it must be able to 
demonstrate that another agency within that state or tribe has the 
authority to manage the RLF and is willing to do so.

F. Section 128(a) Cooperative Agreements Can Be Part of a Performance 
Partnership Grant (PPG)

    States and tribes may include section 128(a) cooperative agreements 
in their PPG as described in 69 FR 51756 (2004). Section 128(a) funds 
used to capitalize an RLF or purchase environmental insurance or 
develop a risk sharing pool, an indemnity pool, or insurance mechanism 
to provide financing for response actions under a state or tribal 
response program are not eligible for inclusion in the PPG.

G. 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. While not prohibited, pre-award costs are subject to 40 CFR 
35.113 and 40 CFR 35.513.

H. 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 in Section V. EPA will not fund state or tribal response 
program annual work plans if EPA determines that these elements 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, on progress reports, or on EPA's review of the state or 
tribal response program.

I. 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 in Section VI and below, exists and is being maintained.\15\ 
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    \15\ For purposes of 128(a) 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 prior to 
FY18: Requests for FY19 funds will not be accepted from states or 
tribes that fail to demonstrate, by the December 14, 2018 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 FY18 cooperative agreement that 
prohibited drawdown of FY18 funds prior to meeting the 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; and
     states or tribes that received initial funding in FY18: By 
the time of the actual FY19 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 FY19 cooperative agreement that prohibits the 
drawdown of FY19 funds until the public record requirement is met).

J. Demonstration of Significant Utilization of Prior Years' Funding

    States and tribes should be aware that EPA and its Congressional 
appropriations committees place significant emphasis on the utilization 
of prior years' funding. Unused funds prior to FY18 will be considered 
in the allocation process. Existing balances of cooperative agreement 
funds as reflected in EPA's Financial Data Warehouse as of January 1, 
2019 may result in a decreased allocation amount or, if appropriate the 
deobligation and reallocation of prior funding by EPA Regions as 
provided for in 40 CFR 35.118 and 40 CFR 35.518.

K. Allocation System and Process for Distribution of Funds

    After the December 14, 2018, request deadline, EPA's Regional 
Offices will submit summaries of state and tribal requests to EPA 
Headquarters. Before doing so, 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, and scope of the perceived need for 
funding (e.g., size of state or tribal jurisdiction or the proposed 
work plan balanced against capacity of the program, amount of current 
year funding, funds remaining from prior years, etc).
    After receipt of the regional recommendations, EPA Headquarters 
will consolidate requests and make decisions on the final funding 
allocations.
    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. 
Please refer to process flow chart below (dates are estimates and 
subject to change):
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IX. Information To Be Submitted With the Funding Request

A. Summary of Planned Use of FY19 Funding

    All states and tribes requesting FY19 funds must submit (to their 
regional brownfields contact, shown on the last page of this guidance) 
a draft work plan of the funds with associated dollar amounts to their 
regional brownfields contact listed on the last page. Please contact 
your regional brownfields contact or visit www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-comprehensive-environmental-response-compensation-and-liability-act-cercla for a sample draft work plan.
    For entities which received CERCLA 128(a) funding in previous 
years, respond to the following:
1. Funding Request
    a. Prepare a draft work plan and budget for your FY19 funding 
request. The funding requested should be reasonably spent in one year. 
The requestor should work, as early as possible, with their EPA 
regional program contact to ensure that the funding amount requested 
and related activities are reasonable.
    b. In your funding request, include the prior years' funding 
amount. Include any funds that you, the recipient, have not received or 
drawn down in payments (i.e., funds EPA has obligated for grants that 
remain in EPA's Financial Data Warehouse). EPA will consider these 
funds in the allocation process when determining the recipient's 
programmatic needs. The recipient should include a detailed explanation 
and justification of prior year funds that remain in EPA's Financial 
Data Warehouse. The recipient should consult with the region regarding 
the amount of unspent funds which require explanation to ensure they 
have addressed the full amount of any remaining balance.
    If you do not have an MOA with EPA, demonstrate how your program 
includes, or is taking reasonable steps to include, the four elements 
described in Section VI.

    Note:  Programmatic Capability--[Only Respond if Specifically 
Requested by Region]

    EPA Regions may request demonstration of Programmatic Capability if 
the returning grantee has experienced key staff turnover or if the 
grantee has open programmatic review findings. An entity's 
corresponding EPA Region will notify returning recipients if the 
information below is required, and it must be included with your 
funding request. Describe the organizational structure you will utilize 
to ensure sound program management to guarantee or confirm timely and 
successful expenditure of funds, and completion of all technical, 
administrative and financial requirements of the program and 
cooperative agreement.
    a. Include a brief description of the key qualifications of staff 
to manage the response program and/or the process you will follow to 
hire staff to manage the response program. If key staff is already in 
place, include their roles, expertise, qualifications, and experience.
    b. Discuss how this response program fits into your current 
environmental program(s). If you do not have an environmental program, 
describe your process to develop, or interest to start one.
    c. Describe if you have had adverse audit findings. If you had 
problems with the administration of any grants or cooperative 
agreements, describe how you have corrected, or are correcting, the 
problems.
    For tribal entities which have never received CERCLA 128(a) 
funding, respond to the following:
2. Funding Request
    a. Describe your plan to establish a response program, why it is a 
priority for your tribe, and why CERCLA 128(a) funding will be 
beneficial to your program. If your tribe is already supported by a 
tribal consortium receiving CERCLA 128(a) funding, explain why 
additional resources are necessary.
    b. Prepare a draft work plan and budget for your first funding 
year. The funding requested should be reasonably spent in one year. For 
budget planning purposes, it is recommended that you assume funding 
sufficient to support 0.5 staff to establish a response program and 
some travel to attend regional and national trainings or events.
3. Programmatic Capability
    a. Describe the organizational structure you will utilize to ensure 
sound program management to guarantee or confirm timely and successful 
expenditure of funds, and completion of all technical, administrative 
and financial requirements of the program and cooperative agreement.
    b. Include a brief description of the key qualifications of staff 
to manage the response program and/or the process you will follow to 
hire staff to manage the response program. If key staff is already in 
place, include their roles, expertise, qualifications, and experience.
    c. Discuss how this response program fits into your current 
environmental program(s). If you do not have an environmental program, 
describe your process to develop, or interest to start one.
    d. Describe if you have had adverse audit findings. If you had 
problems with the administration of any grants or cooperative 
agreements, describe how you have corrected, or are correcting, the 
problems.

X. 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. Each of the subsections below summarizes 
the basic terms and conditions, and related reporting that will be 
incorporated into your cooperative agreement.

A. Progress Reports

    In accordance with 2 CFR 200.328 and any EPA specific regulations, 
state and tribes must provide progress reports meeting the terms and 
conditions of the cooperative agreement negotiated. 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 or tribe accomplishments and 
environmental outputs associated with the approved budget and work 
plan. Reports should also provide an accounting of section 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 related to establishing or, if already established, 
maintaining the public record. Depending upon the activities included 
in the state's or tribe's work plan, the recipient may also need to 
report on the following:
    1. Interim and final progress reports. Reports must prominently 
display the following information as reflected in the current EPA 
strategic plan: Strategic Plan Goal 1: Core Mission: Deliver real 
results to provide Americans with clean air, land, and water, and 
ensure chemical safety; Strategic Plan Objective 1.3: Revitalize Land 
and Prevent

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Contamination; and Work Plan Commitments and Timeframes. EPA's 
strategic plan can be found on the internet at http://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/strategicplan.html.
    2. 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:
     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); and
    [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; 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.
    3. Reporting for site-specific assessment or cleanup activities. 
Recipients with work plans that include funding for brownfields site 
assessment or cleanup must input information required by the OMB-
approved Property Profile Form into the ACRES database for each site 
assessment and cleanup. In addition, recipients must report how they 
provide the affected community with prior notice and opportunity for 
meaningful participation as per CERCLA section 128(a)(2)(C)(ii), on 
proposed cleanup plans and site activities. For example, EPA strongly 
encourages states and tribes to seek public input regarding the 
priority of sites to be addressed and to solicit input from local 
communities, especially potential environmental justice communities, 
communities with a health risk related to exposure to hazardous waste 
or other public health concerns, economically disadvantaged or remote 
communities, and communities with limited experience working with 
government agencies.
    4. 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; and
     number of staff conducting oversight audits, providing 
technical assistance, or conducting other oversight activities.
    5. Reporting required when using funding for an RLF. Recipients 
with work plans that include funding for a revolving loan fund must 
include the information required by the terms and conditions for 
progress reporting under CERCLA section 104(k)(3) RLF cooperative 
agreements.
    6. Reporting environmental insurance. Recipients with work plans 
that include funding for environmental insurance must report:
     Number and description of insurance policies purchased 
(e.g., name of insurer, type of coverage provided, dollar limits of 
coverage, any buffers or deductibles, category and identity of insured 
persons, premium, first dollar or umbrella, whether 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.
    The regional offices may also request that 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.

B. Reporting of Program Activity Levels

    States and tribes must report, by December 14, 2018, a summary of 
the previous federal fiscal year's work (October 1, 2017 through 
September 30, 2018). The following information must be submitted to 
your regional project officer:
     Environmental programs where CERCLA section 128(a) funds 
are used to support capacity building (general program support, non-
site-specific work). Indicate as appropriate from the following:
    __Brownfields
    __Underground Storage Tanks/Leaking Underground Storage Tanks
    __Federal Facilities
    __Solid Waste
    __Superfund
    __Hazardous Waste Facilities
    __VCP (Voluntary Cleanup Program, Independent Cleanup Program, 
etc.)
    __Other____;
     number of properties (or sites) enrolled in a response 
program during FY18;
     number of properties (or sites) where documentation 
indicates that cleanup work is complete and all required institutional 
controls (IC's) are in place, or not required;
     total number of acres associated with properties (or 
sites) in the previous bullet;
     number of properties where assistance was provided, but 
the property was not enrolled in the response program (OPTIONAL);
     date that the public record was last updated;
     Estimated total number of properties (or sites) in your 
brownfields inventory;
     Number of audits/inspections/reviews/other conducted to 
ensure engineering controls and institutional controls are still 
protective; and
     Did you develop or revise legislation, regulations, codes, 
guidance documents or policies related to establishing or enhancing 
your Voluntary Cleanup Program/Response Program during FY18? If yes, 
please indicate the type and whether it was new or revised. EPA may 
require states/tribes to report specific performance measures related 
to the four elements

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that can be aggregated for national reporting to Congress.

C. Reporting of Public Record

    All recipients must report, as specified in the terms and 
conditions of their cooperative agreement, and in Section VIII.I of 
this guidance, 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., website or 
other public database to meet the public record requirement). To meet 
the reporting requirement, recipients reporting may only be required to 
demonstrate that the public record (a) exists and is up-to-date, and 
(b) is adequate. A public record must, as appropriate, include the 
following information:
    A list of sites at which response actions have been completed in 
the past year including:
     Date the response action was completed;
     site name;
     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;
     type of institutional control(s) 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.); 
and
     size of the site in acres.
    A list of sites planned to be addressed by the state or tribal 
response program in the coming year 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;
     type of the institutional control(s) 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.); and
     size of the site in acres.

D. Award Administration Information

1. Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting
    Applicants must ensure that they have the necessary processes and 
systems in place to comply with the subaward and executive total 
compensation reporting requirements established under OMB guidance at 2 
CFR part 170, unless they qualify for an exception from the 
requirements, should they be selected for funding.
2. System for Award Management (SAM) and Data Universal Numbering 
System (DUNS) Requirements
    Unless exempt from these requirements under OMB guidance at 2 CFR 
part 25 (e.g., individuals), applicants must:
    1. Be registered in SAM prior to submitting an application or 
proposal under this announcement. SAM information can be found at 
https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/;
    2. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information at 
all times during which they have an active federal award or an 
application or proposal under consideration by an agency; and
    3. Provide their DUNS number in each application or proposal 
submitted to the agency. Applicants can receive a DUNS number, at no 
cost, by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line at 1-
866-705-5711, or visiting the D&B website at: http://www.dnb.com.
    If an applicant fails to comply with these requirements, it will 
affect their ability to receive the award.
    Please note that the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system 
has been replaced by the System for Award Management (SAM). To learn 
more about SAM, go to SAM.gov or https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/.
3. Submitting an Application via Grants.gov
    If funding is provided it will be provided through a cooperative 
agreement award. All cooperative agreement applications for non-
competitive assistance agreements must be submitted using Grants.gov. 
Below is the information that the applicant will use to submit their 
State and Tribal Response Program Grant applications via Grants.gov:

CDFA number: 66.817
Funding Opportunity Number (FON): EPA-CEP-02
    To learn more about the Grants.gov submission requirements, go to 
http://www.epa.gov/grants/how-apply-grants.
4. Use of Funds
    An applicant that receives an award under this announcement is 
expected to manage assistance agreement funds efficiently and 
effectively, and make sufficient progress towards completing the 
project activities described in the work-plan in a timely manner. The 
assistance agreement will include terms and conditions related to 
implementing this requirement.

             Regional State and Tribal Brownfields Contacts
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           Region                     State                Tribal
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1--CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT...  James Byrne, 5 Post   AmyJean McKeown, 5
                               Office Square,        Post Office Square,
                               Suite 100 (OSRR07-    Suite 100 (OSRR07-
                               2), Boston, MA        2), Boston, MA
                               02109-3912, Phone     02109-3912, Phone
                               (617) 918-1389, Fax   (617) 918-1248, Fax
                               (617) 918-1294.       (617) 918-1294.
2--NJ, NY, PR, VI...........  John Struble, 290     Phillip Clappin, 290
                               Broadway, 18th        Broadway, 18th
                               Floor, New York, NY   Floor, New York, NY
                               10007-1866, Phone     10007-1866, Phone
                               (212) 637-4291, Fax   (212) 637-4431, Fax
                               (212) 637-3083.       (212) 637-3083.
3--DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV...  Michael Taurino,      Michael Taurino,
                               1650 Arch Street      1650 Arch Street
                               (3HS51),              (3HS51),
                               Philadelphia, PA      Philadelphia, PA
                               19103, Phone (215)    19103, Phone (215)
                               814-3371, Fax (215)   814-3371, Fax (215)
                               814-3274.             814-3274.
4--AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC,    Cindy Nolan, 61       Olga Perry, 61
 SC, TN.                       Forsyth Street SW,    Forsyth Street SW,
                               10TH FL (9T25),       10TH FL (9T25),
                               Atlanta, GA 30303-    Atlanta, GA 30303-
                               8960, Phone (404)     8960, Phone (404)
                               562-8425, Fax (404)   562-8534, Fax (404)
                               562-8788.             562-8788.
5--IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI...  Keary Cragan, 77      Rosita Clark, 77
                               West Jackson          West Jackson
                               Boulevard (SB-5J),    Boulevard (SB-5J),
                               Chicago, IL 60604-    Chicago, IL 60604-
                               3507, Phone (312)     3507, Phone (312)
                               353-5669, Fax (312)   886-7251, Fax (312)
                               692-2161.             697-2075.

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6--AR, LA, NM, OK, TX.......  Roger Hancock, 1445   Roger Hancock, 1445
                               Ross Avenue, Suite    Ross Avenue, Suite
                               1200 (6SF), Dallas,   1200 (6SF), Dallas,
                               TX 75202-2733,        TX 75202-2733,
                               Phone (214) 665-      Phone (214) 665-
                               6688, Fax (214) 665-  6688, Fax (214) 665-
                               6660.                 6660.
7--IA, KS, MO, NE...........  Susan Klein, 11201    Jennifer Morris,
                               Renner Boulevard      11201 Renner
                               (SUPRSTAR), Lenexa    Boulevard
                               KS 66219, Phone       (SUPRSTAR), Lenexa
                               (913) 551-7786, Fax   KS 66219, Phone
                               (913) 551-9786.       (913) 551-7341, Fax
                                                     (913) 551-9341.
8--CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY...  Christina Wilson,     Melisa Devincenzi,
                               1595 Wynkoop Street   1595 Wynkoop Street
                               (EPR-AR), Denver,     (EPR-AR), Denver,
                               CO 80202-1129,        CO 80202-1129,
                               Phone (303) 312-      Phone (303) 312-
                               6706, Fax (303) 312-  6377, Fax (303) 312-
                               6065.                 6962.
9--AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU,    Eugenia Chow, 75      Jose Garcia, Jr.,
 MP.                           Hawthorne St. (SFD-   600 Wilshire Blvd,
                               6-1), San             Suite 1460, Los
                               Francisco, CA         Angeles, CA 90017,
                               94105, Phone (415)    Phone (213) 244-
                               972-3160, Fax (415)   1811, Fax (213) 244-
                               947-3520.             1850.
10--AK, ID, OR, WA..........  Mary K. Goolie, 222   Mary K. Goolie, 222
                               West 7th Avenue #19   West 7th Avenue #19
                               (AOO), Anchorage,     (AOO), Anchorage,
                               AK 99513 Phone        AK 99513 Phone
                               (907) 271-3414, Fax   (907) 271-3414, Fax
                               (907) 271-3424.       (907) 271-3424.
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Appendix A

Funding Guidance for CERCLA 128(a) Small Technical Assistance Grants

    Section 128(a)(1)(B)(ii)(III) of the Comprehensive Environmental 
Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, 
authorizes a noncompetitive $1.5 million grant program to assist 
small communities, Indian tribes, rural areas, or disadvantaged 
areas to carryout section CERCLA 104(k)(7) (by providing training, 
research, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations, 
as appropriate, to facilitate the inventory of brownfields sites, 
site assessments, remediation of brownfield sites, community 
involvement, or site preparation). Statutory definitions of 
communities eligible to receive funding on behalf of a state or 
tribe. A recipient can define community as a census track:
    Disadvantaged Area--The term `disadvantaged area' means a 
community with an annual median household income that is less than 
80 percent of the statewide annual median household income, as 
determined by the President based on the latest available decennial 
census and/or
    Small Community--the term `small community' means a community 
with a population of not more than 15,000 individuals, as determined 
by the President based on the latest available decennial census.
    State and tribes with active CERCLA 128(a) grants and are 
requesting funds in fiscal year 2019 are eligible to submit one 
request on behalf of a small community or disadvantaged area. The 
maximum amount of funding allowed is $20,000. The funding will be 
awarded as part of the FY19 CERCLA 128(a) funding grant. Requests 
will be considered based on the following:
     Readiness of the recipient and community to complete 
the project within a year of award,
     the recipient is in good standing with their current 
CERCLA 128(a) grant,
     has documented support from the community benefiting 
from this grant, and
     adequately responds to the criteria listed below.
    Information to include in the request:
     The amount of funding requested,
     a description of the target community and how they meet 
the statutory definition of disadvantaged area or small community,
     a description of the proposed project, including a 
description of key activities, and how it will further brownfields 
reuse,
     the expected outcomes and timeline to complete the 
project,
     how/who will be conducting the activities (e.g., state, 
tribe, contractor)
     if additional resources are necessary to complete the 
project, please explain how you will secure them,
     an explanation of why existing state and tribal funding 
is inadequate to complete the proposed project,
     and demonstrate that the community supports the state 
or tribe receiving the grant
    Requests should be no more than 2 pages.
    These funds may not be places in Performance Partnership Grants.

XI. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), this 
action is not a ``significant regulatory action'' and is therefore not 
subject to review under Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 (76 FR 3821, 
January 21, 2011). Because this action is not subject to notice and 
comment requirements under the Administrative Procedures Act or any 
other statute, it is not subject to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 
U.S.C. 601 et seq.) or Sections 202 and 205 of the Unfunded Mandates 
Reform Act of 1999 (UMRA) (Pub.L. 104-4). In addition, this action does 
not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. This action 
does not create new binding legal requirements that substantially and 
directly affect Tribes under Executive Order 13175 (63 FR 67249, 
November 9, 2000). This action does not have significant Federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 
1999). Because this action has been exempted from review under 
Executive Order 12866, this action is not subject to Executive Order 
13211, entitled Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly 
Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001) 
or Executive Order 13045, entitled Protection of Children from 
Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks (62 FR 19885, April 23, 
1997). This action does not contain any information collections subject 
to OMB approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 
et seq., nor does it require any special considerations under Executive 
Order 12898, entitled Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice 
in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations (59 FR 7629, 
February 16, 1994). This action does not involve technical standards; 
thus, the requirements of Section 12(d) of the National Technology 
Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) do not apply. 
The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., generally provides 
that before certain actions may take effect, the agency promulgating 
the action must submit a report, which includes a copy of the action, 
to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the 
United States. Because this final action does not contain legally 
binding requirements, it is not subject to the Congressional Review 
Act.

    Dated: September 12, 2018.
David R. Lloyd,
Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Office of Land 
and Emergency Management.
[FR Doc. 2018-20736 Filed 9-27-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6560-50-P