Internships, Training and Workshops for the Office of Air and Radiation

To provide, Internships, Training, Workshops, and Technical Monitoring in support of the Clean Air Act.

These activities aim to: (1) support the development of career-oriented personnel qualified to work in occupations involving environmental protection and air pollution abatement and control;
(2) provide technical training for state, local, territorial, and Indian Tribal environmental control agencies; (3) enhance the capability of state, tribal, and local agencies responsible for environmental pollution control or other agencies with similar pollution control responsibilities; (4) provide educational renewal for career oriented personnel to achieve additional knowledge through academic professional training; (5) provide students in science, engineering, and other relevant fields with education and training opportunities to enhance their understanding of air quality-related topics; and 6) to increase the quality and number of people into the environmental control field.

Projects should also focus on addressing environmental justice (EJ) concerns in communities.

EJ is 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.

Funding Priority for 2017

The American Indian Air Quality Training Program.

Provides workshop training, internships and technical support to tribal governments to investigate, develop and establish air quality management programs for lands under their jurisdiction.

The Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center is a component of this program and provides a full spectrum of technical support to tribes undertaking air quality monitoring and related activities.

The Tribal Training Support for the Community and Tribal Programs project supports efforts to encourage and facilitate involvement of tribal partner governments in implementing ambient air quality programs in Indian country, under the Clean Air Act, through training and technical support.

The project supports tribal community members on air quality issues and addresses environmental justice impacts on those communities.

The Grant will focus on permit training and development of a series on wildland fire/smoke events.

Funding Priority for 2018
The American Indian Air Quality Training Program.

Provides workshop training, internships and technical support to tribal governments to investigate, develop and establish air quality management programs for lands under their jurisdiction.

The Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center is a component of this program and provides a full spectrum of technical support to tribes undertaking air quality monitoring and related activities.

The Tribal Training Support for the Community and Tribal Programs project supports efforts to encourage and facilitate involvement of tribal partner governments in implementing ambient air quality programs in Indian country, under the Clean Air Act, through training and technical support.

The project supports tribal community members on air quality issues and addresses environmental justice impacts on those communities.

The Grant will focus on the wildland fire/smoke series, Treatment as State (TAS) training, permit training and understanding the oil and gas industry.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Projects include providing comprehensive air quality policy and regulatory analysis consisting of support and national coordination activities to assist tribes in understanding, participating in and responding to US EPA's Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) policy and regulatory activities; ensuring American Indian students, educators, and communities are properly informed of, and provided with opportunities to participate in, and pursue environmental careers in the field of air quality management; the American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP), which includes workshop training, internships and technical support to tribal governments seeking to investigate, develop and establish air quality management programs for lands under their jurisdiction.

The AIAQTP program will also include outreach to local communities on air quality and related environmental justice issues and the development of a website to disseminate the environmental education curriculum.

The Student Program for Environmental Excellence in Design (SPEED) program aims to increase students' awareness and understanding of the environmental benefits associated with increased fuel efficiency, reduced carbon intensity in transportation fuels, and reduced emissions in advanced vehicles.

Through the SPEED, graduate-level students and senior-level undergraduate students in the science, technology, and engineering disciplines are provided opportunities to collaborate with the EPA and obtain research training on-site at the EPA's National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Lab (NVFEL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Tribal Training Support for the Community and Tribal Programs project supported 2 tribal trainings for fence-line communities.

The participants learned about air quality issues within the community, the regulatory development process, and how to engage in the regulatory process in a meaningful way.

Fiscal Year 2017: Projects include providing comprehensive air quality policy and regulatory analysis consisting of support and national coordination activities to assist tribes in understanding, participating in and responding to US EPA's Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) policy and regulatory activities; ensuring American Indian students, educators, and communities are properly informed of, and provided with opportunities to participate in, and pursue environmental careers in the field of air quality management; the American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP), which includes workshop training, internships and technical support to tribal governments seeking to investigate, develop and establish air quality management programs for lands under their jurisdiction.

The AIAQTP program will also include outreach to local communities on air quality and related environmental justice issues and the development of a website to disseminate the environmental education curriculum.

The Tribal Training Support for the Community and Tribal Programs project supported trainings on New Source Review (NSR) and Title V Permits, Air Quality Planning for Wildland Smoke and Understanding the Oil and Gas Industry.

Attendees learned about the purpose and requirements of the different permit programs, e.g., major/minor NSR, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), Title V.

They reviewed actual permits and learned about applicability, control technology, monitoring, record keeping and reporting, and enforceability.

Attendees learned how to develop a strategy for impacting the development of permits.

The Wildland Smoke training was a one-day workshop, in conjunction with a national tribal meeting, where participants learned about sources of smoke and how to prepare their tribal community when a wild fire/smoke event happens.

Student Program for Environmental Excellence in Design (SPEED) program: (1) Comprehensive survey of GDI particle characteristics, by size selecting sampling and characterization of soot nanostructure, soot composition and soot surface chemical species(2) Dry run testing using both a complex (CO2-CO-NOx-N2) blend and a dual (CO2-N2) blend for all 8 compounds.

(3)The SPEED team sponsored a ME 450 project for Winter 2017 on the subject of carbon dioxide capture from vehicle exhaust, building upon a ME 450 project supervised in the Fall 2016 term.

Another ME 450 team sponsored in the Winter 2017 term worked on a system to desorb and purge the carbon dioxide captured within the device developed by the Fall 2016 team.

(4) Undergraduate student teams performed analysis that compared the observed travel behavior of respondents to their stated willingness to use connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) to complete their trips.

(5) an experimental investigation of electrocatalysis, (6) a life cycle assessment of the overarching bioenergy system starting with poplar cultivation, and (7) the development of a policy framework that, if implemented, would provide value for the carbon that is present in the biochar co-product of pyrolysis.

Fiscal Year 2018: NA.


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

EPA encourages potential applicants to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in the Catalog, and the Headquarters program contacts listed below.
Website Address

http://www.epa.gov/air




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Northern Arizona University $ 6,392,998   2015-07-012020-06-30
Northern Arizona University $ 300,000   2016-12-012019-11-30
Regents Of The University Of Michigan $ 750,120   2015-10-012019-09-30
Michigan State University $ 775,000   2015-07-012019-06-30
University Of Texas At El Paso $ 1,243,754   2011-07-012016-12-31
Northern Arizona University $ 1,000,000   2010-10-012016-09-30
Northern Arizona University $ 240,000   2012-10-012016-09-30
Northern Arizona University $ 7,472,999   2010-07-012016-06-30
Texas A & M University Kingsville $ 581,564   2008-09-012014-08-31
Keystone Center, The $ 15,000   2010-05-132010-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP) provides comprehensive air quality policy and regulatory analysis consisting of support and national coordination activities to assist tribes in understanding, participating in and responding to US EPA's Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) policy and regulatory activities; provides opportunity for American Indian students, educators, and communities to participate in, and pursue environmental careers in the field of air quality management. The AIAQTP program also conducts outreach to local communities on air quality and related environmental justice issues via a website to disseminate the environmental education curriculum. The Student Program for Environmental Excellence in Design (SPEED) program provides graduate-level students and senior-level undergraduate students in the science, technology, and engineering disciplines opportunities to collaborate with the EPA and obtain research training on-site at the EPA's National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Lab (NVFEL). Students increase their awareness and understanding of the environmental benefits associated with increased fuel efficiency, reduced carbon intensity in transportation fuels, and reduced emissions in advanced vehicles. The Tribal Training Support for the Community and Tribal Programs project supported 17 tribes and approximately 100 tribal environmental staff and tribal community members in our very first set of tribal community trainings. The trainings brought together not only community members and EPA personnel but also tribal environmental professionals, industry, state and local organizations, colleges and other stakeholders surrounding the Navajo Nation. Understanding air quality issues within the community, learning about the regulatory development process, and being able to engage in the regulatory process in a meaningful way were just some of the accomplishments of these particular trainings. Fiscal Year 2017: The American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP) provides comprehensive air quality policy and regulatory analysis consisting of support and national coordination activities to assist tribes in understanding, participating in and responding to US EPA's Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) policy and regulatory activities; provides opportunity for American Indian students, educators, and communities to participate in, and pursue environmental careers in the field of air quality management. The AIAQTP program also conducts outreach to local communities on air quality and related environmental justice issues via a website to disseminate the environmental education curriculum. The Tribal Training Support for the Community and Tribal Programs project supported trainings on New Source Review (NSR) and Title V Permits and Air Quality Planning for Wildland Smoke. Approximately 15 tribal environmental professionals were trained on the purpose and requirements of the different permit programs, e.g., major/minor NSR, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), Title V. They were able to review actual permits and get a better understanding about applicability, control technology, monitoring, record keeping and reporting, and enforceability. Attendees were able to develop a strategy for impacting the development of permits. The Wildland Smoke training was a one-day workshop to assist tribal environmental professionals with learning about the different sources of smoke and how to prepare their tribal community when a smoke event happens. The workshop was so popular that we are in the process of expanding the training into a 5-part webinar series with a 2-day hands-on workshop. The Student Program for Environmental Excellence in Design (SPEED) program provides graduate-level students and senior-level undergraduate students in the science, technology, and engineering disciplines opportunities to collaborate with the EPA and obtain research training on-site at the EPA's National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Lab (NVFEL). Students increase their awareness and understanding of the environmental benefits associated with increased fuel efficiency, reduced carbon intensity in transportation fuels, and reduced emissions in advanced vehicles. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs incident to approved projects for internships, training and workshops related to environmental issues plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations.

This requirement does not involve geospatial information. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.

Generally this program makes Federal awards on a discretionary basis.

For further information, please contact the Headquarters or regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Assistance under this program is generally available to States, local governments, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government, District of Columbia and possessions of the U.S., international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, which submit applications proposing projects with significant technical merit and relevance to EPA's Office of Air and Radiation's mission.

For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, 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

State and local governments, U.S. territories and possessions, universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public and private nonprofit institutions, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 225 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes, UGG 2 CFR 220 for educational institutions, and UGG 2 CFR 230 for non-profit institutions. Applicants may be requested to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, 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 as 'Information Contacts' or see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424, Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 3903R, Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog or downloaded from http://www.epa.gov/ogd/forms/forms.htm. Applicants must submit their requests for training assistance on EPA Standard Form 424 and the fellowship assistance on EPA Standard Form 5770-2. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov

Award Procedures

For competitive awards, EPA 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.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Section 102(2)(F), Public Law 91-190, 42 U.S.C 4332; Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3), Public Law 42-7403.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days after the deadline for the Request for Applications.

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). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts.' Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.

Renewals

None. All projects will be fully funded.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

If the grant is not fully funded at time of award, EPA normally funds grants on a 12-month incremental basis. Each grant is limited to a 3-year duration. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance Agreements are typically fully funded by a lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements.

Agreements may require quarterly, interim and final progress reports, and financial and equipment reports.

Reporting requirements are also identified in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR parts 200 and 1500 Grantees are required to submit program reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in 2 CFR parts 200 and 1500.

Grantees are required to submit financial reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Financial Reporting and Financial Management Systems requirements stated in Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR parts 200 and 1500.

Grantees are required to submit progress reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR parts 200 and 1500.

No expenditure reports are required.

Grantees are required to perform performance monitoring in accordance with Agency policy and requirements stated in Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR parts 200 and 1500.

Audits

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. 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

Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries in accounting records and to substantiate changes in grants available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipient grants and cooperative agreement records. Recipients must maintain all records until 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure reports. If questions, such as those raised as a result of an audit remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0103-0-1-304; 68-0107-0-1-304; 68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $2,000,000; FY 17 est $2,000,000; and FY 18 est $1,900,000 - FY 2016 $2,000,000; FY 2017 $2,000,000; FY 2018 $1,900,000(Projected).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

EPA generally awards grants ranging in value from $100,000 to $300,000 per fiscal year. The average amount is $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Training grants are subject to Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200; 40 CFR Part 45; and EPA Annual Program Guidance provided to State and Local agencies

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. EPA encourages potential applicants to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in the Catalog, and the Headquarters program contacts listed below.

Headquarters Office

Pat Childers For Program Information, contact: (Tribes) Pat Childers (202) 564-1082, childers.pat@epa.gov; (General) Eric Geer (202) 564-0890, geer.eric@epa.gov; Office of Air and Radiation, William Jefferson Clinton North Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mail Code 6101A, Washington, D.C. 20460. Office of Air and Radiation, Ariel Rios North Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mail Code 6101AFor Program Information, contact: (Tribes) Pat Childers (202) 564-1082, childers.pat@epa.gov ; (general) Maureen Hingeley (202) 564-1306, hingeley.maureen@epa.gov , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: childers@epa.gov Phone: 202-564-1082

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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