Environmental Monitoring, Independent Research, Technical Analysis


Provides technical and financial assistance to State of New Mexico Environment Department and the Regents of New Mexico State University/Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (NMSU/CEMRC) for the conduct of projects/activities to support DOE's and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mission and to provide the public assurances that implemented DOE programs are protective of human health and the environment. The purpose of the WIPP Environmental Monitoring Project is to establish and maintain independent environmental research and monitoring in the vicinity of the WIPP and to make the results easily accessible to all interested parties. This project began implementation during the WIPP pre-disposal phase, and is continuing during the operational (disposal) phase. The environmental monitoring projects are organized and carried out independent of direct oversight by Department Of Energy (DOE). Analytical results and interpretations from the monitoring are published by NMSU/CEMRC to inform the public and particularly the environmental science community. The State of New Mexico holds the permit for disposal of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) waste at WIPP and the independent monitoring provides assurance to the State that WIPP is operating in accordance with its RCRA Permit.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law -Public Law 95-91, Section 102 (11); 42 USC 7101 et sec. Department of Energy Organization Act
WIPP Land Withdrawal Act, Part 102-579 as amended by PL 104-201
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligibility for this program is restricted to the following: The Board of Regents New Mexico State University - Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center and the State of New Mexico
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. After informal communication, eligible applicants submit a formal application package to the DOE Carlsbad Field Office.
Award Procedure
Applications are evaluated by the DOE Carlsbad Field Office and the Program Office provides final approval.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
From 120 to 180 days.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Eligibility for this program is restricted.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded for a five-year term. Funds are released through the Electronic Transfer System. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly Advance payments are authorized for low-risk recipients
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Department of Energy, Carlsbad Field Office, P.O. Box 3090, Carlsbad, NM 88221-3090. Contact: James, Mason, Institutional Affairs Manager, Telephone: (575) 234-7335 or Constance Peterson, Contracting Officer, Telephone (575) 234-7349
Headquarters Office
Alton Harris
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585 USA
Phone: 301-903-8466

Betsy Forinash
1000 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20585 USA
Phone: 202-586-1467
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $6,674,130.00; FY 17 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
500,000 to 3,300,000 per fiscal year
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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