Radium Remediation at Land-Grant Universities


The Central Hazardous Materials Fund (CHF) is the U.S. Department of the Interior?s principal source of funds for the cleanup of highly contaminated sites located within national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other Department-managed lands. Congress has authorized the CHF to provide a one-time, competitive grant for land-grant universities to address radium contamination that was caused by actions of the former US Bureau of Mines.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Departmental Offices, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2020 NEPA documentation, workplan
Fiscal Year 2021 Remediation and restoration activities
Public Law FY2020 Further Consolidated Appropriations Act-P.L. 116-93
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The grant is to fund radium decontamination and remediation at any land-grant university that has been subjected to such contamination as a result of actions of the former U.S. Bureau of Mines.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Land-grant University with radium contamination at their facilities that results from past actions of the US Bureau of Mines that exceed Federal and/or State allowable levels.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. 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
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
OEPC approves the award, awarded through PRISM, distributed via email, payments through ASAP payments system.
March 15, 2020 to May 15, 2020 Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Financial assistance is limited to land-grant universities to remediate radium contamination in their facilities from past activities of the former US Bureau of Mines.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal 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. Financial assistance awards are also subject to inspection and audit by Interior's Office of the Inspector General, OEPC staff, or any other authorized representative of the Federal government.
Record retention requirements are the same as those contained in 2 CFR 200.
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
The funds will be awarded in FY2020 and must be expended by FY2025.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
William Lodder
US Department of Interior
Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance
Attn: William Lodder
1849 C Street, NW (MS-2629)
Washington, DC 20240 USA
Phone: 202-208-6128
Fax: 202-208-6970
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Special)) FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 est $12,000,000.00; FY 21 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Current Fiscal Year - $12M
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2019 No prior funded grants
Fiscal Year 2020 Award(s) to land-grant university with radium remediation at facilities on campus based on past activities of the former US Bureau of Mines
Fiscal Year 2021 No additional grants planned


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