Superfund State, Political Subdivision, and Indian Tribe Site-Specific Cooperative Agreements

 

To (1) conduct site characterization activities at potential or confirmed hazardous waste sites; (2) undertake response planning and implementation actions at sites on the National Priorities List (NPL) to clean up the hazardous waste sites that are found to pose hazards to human health; and (3) effectively implement the statutory requirements of CERCLA 121(f) which mandates substantial and meaningful State involvement. Funding Priorities - Fiscal Year 2019: Funding must be used at specific hazardous waste sites to: (1) conduct non-time critical removal actions; (2) perform site characterization activities such as preliminary assessments, site inspections, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, and remedial design activities at potential or confirmed hazardous waste sites; (3) conduct remedial actions (i.e., cleanup) at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites as listed on the National Priorities List (NPL); (4) support CERCLA implementation activities; (5) identify Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs); (6) conduct settlement negotiations; (7) take enforcement actions against PRPs; and (8) oversee PRP cleanups.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.802
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 In Fiscal Year 2016, all EPA Regional Offices (except Region 2) awarded cooperative agreements to lead cleanup actions, or to support EPA-lead cleanup actions, at hazardous waste sites. Cooperative agreements were awarded to lead the evaluation of newly discovered sites, to assess and investigate sites that have been identified as needing further action, to select, in partnership with EPA, the appropriate technologies and cleanup actions for these sites, to design the selected technologies and cleanup actions, and to construct the designed remedy. Funding was used to start or continue long term remedial actions to treat ground water where remediation goals have not yet been reached. Finally, funding was provided to meaningfully and substantially participate in cleanup actions where EPA led the cleanup. To date, in Fiscal Year 2016, 38 site-specific cooperative agreements were awarded. In Fiscal Year 2016, all EPA Regional Offices (except Region 2) awarded cooperative agreements to lead cleanup actions, or to support EPA-lead cleanup actions, at hazardous waste sites. Cooperative agreements were awarded to lead the evaluation of newly discovered sites, to assess and investigate sites that have been identified as needing further action, to select, in partnership with EPA, the appropriate technologies and cleanup actions for these sites, to design the selected technologies and cleanup actions, and to construct the designed remedy. Funding was used to start or continue long term remedial actions to treat ground water where remediation goals have not yet been reached. Finally, funding was provided to meaningfully and substantially participate in cleanup actions where EPA led the cleanup. To date, in Fiscal Year 2016, 38 site-specific cooperative agreements were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2017 In Fiscal Year 2017, EPA Regional Offices awarded cooperative agreements to lead cleanup actions, or to support EPA-lead cleanup actions, at hazardous waste sites. Cooperative agreements were awarded to lead the evaluation of newly discovered sites, to assess and investigate sites that have been identified as needing further action, to select, in partnership with EPA, the appropriate technologies and cleanup actions for these sites, to design the selected technologies and cleanup actions, and to construct the designed remedy. Funding was used to start or continue long term remedial actions to treat ground water where remediation goals have not yet been reached. Finally, funding was provided to meaningfully and substantially participate in cleanup actions where EPA led the cleanup, and to conduct statutorily required five-year reviews.
Fiscal Year 2018 EPA Regional Offices awarded cooperative agreements to lead cleanup actions, or to support EPA-lead cleanup actions, at hazardous waste sites. Cooperative agreements were awarded to lead the evaluation of newly discovered sites, to assess and investigate sites that have been identified as needing further action, to select, in partnership with EPA, the appropriate technologies and cleanup actions for these sites, to design the selected technologies and cleanup actions, and to construct the designed remedy. Funding was used to start or continue long term remedial actions to treat ground water where remediation goals have not yet been reached. Finally, funding was provided to meaningfully and substantially participate in cleanup actions where EPA led the cleanup, and to conduct statutorily required five-year reviews.
Authorization
CERCLA, Section 104(d)(1)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States (and political subdivisions thereof), Commonwealths, U.S. Territories and Possessions, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, including intertribal consortia. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Credentials/Documentation
Costs will be determined in accordance with 40 CFR 35, Subpart O, 2 CFR 200 and 1500, and other supporting documentation provided by the Agency.
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. Regarding pre-application/pre--proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed in the competitive announcement.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding thourgh https://www.grants.gov. Additional information on applying for EPA grants can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/grants/how-apply-grants
Award Procedure
For competitive awards, EPA regional Superfund program offices will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements. The Agency will then advise the applicant if funding is being considered. A final work plan will then be negotiated with the applicant. Final approval of application and supporting documentation and offer of award is made by the EPA Regional Administrator unless redelegated to the Regional Division Director.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately ninety (90) days.
Appeals
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Renewals
Extensions are available but not guaranteed. Applications for additional funding need to include only the revised pages from the EPA Standard Form 424.
How are proposals selected?
For fund-lead remedial action, the site must appear on the National Priorities List of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan (NCP) (40 CFR 300). Removal actions require a planning period of six months or more. The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Funding may be used to: (1) conduct non time critical removal actions; (2) perform site characterization activities such as preliminary assessments, site inspections, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, and remedial design activities at potential or confirmed hazardous waste sites; (3) conduct remedial actions (i.e., clean up) at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites listed on the National Priorities List (40 CFR 300); (4) support CERCLA implementation activities; (5) identify Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs); (6) conduct settlement negotiations; (7) take enforcement actions against PRPs; and, (8) oversee PRP cleanups. Funding may not be used to conduct tasks or activities not authorized by CERCLA. Funds may not be used for non-site-specific Core Program activities (see 66.809).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Records
The record retention requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 and Part 35, Subpart O are applicable. Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes in grants, available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipients grants and cooperative agreements records. The recipient must maintain all records for 10 years following submission of the final Financial Status Report unless otherwise directed by the EPA award official, and must obtain written approval from the EPA award official before destroying any records. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, cost recovery, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the ten year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular ten year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. No match (cost share) is required for site assessment or remedial planning at any site if the site was privately owned and operated at the time of disposal of hazardous wastes. For remedial cooperative agreement: 10 percent state, 90 percent federal, if the site was privately owned and operated at the time of disposal of hazardous wastes. Minimum 50 percent state, 50 percent federal, of all response costs if the site was State/locally operated at time of any disposal of hazardous waste (Note: percentage may vary). See CERCLA section 104(c)(3). Tribal governments are not required to share in the costs of Superfund actions.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds awarded for duration of project, subject to time constraints specified by EPA. Money is released on a draw down basis. The recipient must identify and charge costs to specific sites, activities, and operable units, as applicable, for drawdown purposes as specified in the Cooperative Agreement.In order to receive payment by the letter of credit method, the recipient must comply with the requirements regarding letter of credit described in 2 CFR 200 and 1500. If the recipient is unable to meet letter of credit requirements, EPA will pay the recipient by reimbursement. The recipient must comply with the requirements regarding reimbursement described in 2 CFR 200 and 1500.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Regional Administrators: See Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Ellyn Fine
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 5202P)
Washington, DC 20460 USA
fine.ellyn@epa.gov
Phone: 703-603-8714
Website Address
https://www.epa.gov/superfund
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-8145-0-1-304
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$63,331,967.00; FY 19 est $63,000,000.00; FY 20 FY 16$81,500,000.00; FY 17 est $81,500,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $250 to $5 million; Average: $141,130.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 and 1500, 40 CFR 35 (Subpart O).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Assessments/Site Inspections; Remedial Investigation; Feasibility Study; Remedial Design; Remedial Action (i.e., clean up); PRP searches; RI/FS negotiations; RD/RA Negotiations; PRP oversight; Non Time Critical Removal Actions; State participation in federal lead projects, Long Term Remedial action support, Implementation of institutional controls, Technical oversight, Tribal participation, Restoration efforts.
Fiscal Year 2017 No content available
Fiscal Year 2018 Non-time critical removal actions, preliminary assessments, site inspections, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, remedial design and remedial actions at sites listed on the National Priorities List (NPL) and five year reviews.