State Underground Water Source Protection

To foster development and implementation of underground injection control (UIC) programs under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

The objective of the grant program is to provide financial assistance, to eligible States and Tribes, for the implementation of their UIC Program.

The fundamental
goal of the program, and the grants, is to ensure that underground sources of drinking water are protected from endangering injection activities.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: The program will fund the major components of State UIC programs which include: the development and maintenance of inventories of injection systems; the development and maintenance of databases housing compliance information on underground injection well activities; the implementation of UIC permitting activities; and the implementation of enforcement programs to ensure that underground sources of drinking water are protected from underground injection activities.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: The program will fund the major components of State UIC programs which include: the development and maintenance of inventories of injection systems; the development and maintenance of databases housing compliance information on underground injection well activities; the implementation of UIC permitting activities; and the implementation of enforcement programs to ensure that underground sources of drinking water are protected from underground injection activities.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Grant funds are used by the States for such purposes as State regulation review, program plan developments, data management, inventory of injection facilities, public participation, technical assistance and review, permit approval and enforcement, and surveillance and investigation.

Fiscal Year 2017: Grant funds are used by the States for such purposes as State regulation review, program plan developments, data management, inventory of injection facilities, public participation, technical assistance and review, permit approval and enforcement, and surveillance and investigation.

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.

Contact appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Environment And Conservation, Tennessee Department Of $ 183,000   2019-10-012022-09-30
Utah Oil Gas & Mining Division $ 166,000   2018-10-012022-09-30
Department Of Conservation & Natural Resources $ 232,000   2018-07-012022-06-30
Natural Resources, Missouri Department Of $ 27,000   2021-01-012021-12-31
Natural Resources, Georgia Department Of $ 33,907   2020-10-012021-09-30
North Carolina Department Of Environmental Quality $ 30,647   2020-10-012021-09-30
Corporation Commission, Kansas $ 327,000   2020-10-012021-09-30
State Of Ohio Office Of Budget And Management State Accounting $ 46,200   2020-10-012021-09-30
Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission $ 14,289   2020-10-012021-09-30
Navajo Nation Tribal Government, The $ 76,000   2020-10-012021-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: This program provides funding support to States, Territories, and Tribes that have delegated primary enforcement authority pursuant to the SDWA amendments of 1986. The grant funds are used by the States, Territories, and Tribes to support operation of their ongoing UIC programs including: the development and maintenance of UIC regulations; the development and maintenance of inventories of injection systems; the development and maintenance of databases housing compliance information on underground injection wells activities; the implementation of UIC permitting activities; and the implementation of enforcement programs to ensure that underground sources of drinking water are protected from endangering injection activities. Fiscal Year 2017: This program provides funding support to States, Territories, and Tribes that have delegated primary enforcement authority pursuant to the SDWA amendments of 1986. The grant funds are used by the States, Territories, and Tribes to support operation of their ongoing UIC programs including: the development and maintenance of UIC regulations; the development and maintenance of inventories of injection systems; the development and maintenance of databases housing compliance information on underground injection wells activities; the implementation of UIC permitting activities; and the implementation of enforcement programs to ensure that underground sources of drinking water are protected from endangering injection activities. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funds are to be used to develop and implement an underground injection control program adequate to enforce the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information.

Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: http://geodata.epa.gov.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, U.S.

Territories and possessions, and Indian Tribes that qualify as Programs that have delegated primary Enforcement Authority pursuant to SDWA amendments of 1986.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, U.S. Territories, and Indian Tribes.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applications are subject to State and area wide clearinghouses review pursuant to procedures in the proposed 40 CFR Part 19.

The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, must be used for this program.

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.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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 Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The grant application must be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Administrator. The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, must be used for 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, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mailcode (3903R), Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/how_to_apply.htm.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by the appropriate EPA Regional Office and, if approved, the funds are awarded by the Regional Administrator.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986, Public Law 99-339; Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, Public Law 93-523; Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996, Public Law 104-182, 42 U.S.C 300; Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, Public Law 96-502; Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, Public Law 96-63.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 60 days.

Appeals

Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title Safe Drinking Water Act. This program operates under a formula which uses criteria set forth in the SDWA, Section 1443(b)(4). Matching Requirements: Except for Indian Tribes, Federal assistance is limited to 75 percent of eligible costs, not to exceed the State allotment. The statistical factors used for allocation include: (1) population of State, based on the most recent Census Bureau data; (2) State land area, based on the most recent Census Bureau data; and (3) injection practices by State, based on data reported by States and maintained by EPA as of the most recent fiscal year prior to allocation development. For Indian Tribes, Federal assistance is limited to 90 percent of eligible costs. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The term of the grant shall be determined at the time of grant award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.

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 expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the grant regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable.

Program reports are required under this program.

Cash reports are required under this program.

Progress reports are required under this program.

Expenditure reports are required under this program.

Performance monitoring is required under this program.

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

Financial records, including all documents which support entries on accounting records and substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for 3 years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report, or until any audit exceptions have been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0103-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $8,859,300; FY 17 est $10,109,000; and FY 18 est $7,188,000 - FY 16 $8,859,300; FY 17 est. $10,109,000; and FY 18 est. $7,188,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$13,000 to $973,000/fiscal year; $176,000/fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Grants for State Underground Water Source Protection Programs (40 CFR 35); General Grant Regulations and Procedures (2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Denny Cruz Denny Cruz, Prevention Branch, Drinking Water Protection Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Office of Water, (4606M) Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 564-3879; FAX: (202) 564-3756; E-mail: cruz.denny@epa.gov, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: cruz.denny@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-3879

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

1) Adequacy of State's annual program plan for an enforceable underground injection control program; (2) compliance with requirements of 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, and 40 CFR 35, and Executive Order No. 12367 (Revised); (3) designation of a State agency to receive the grant and be responsible for coordinating the underground water source protection program; and (4) evidence that Federal grant funds will not supplant the State's nonfederal funding committed to underground water source protection efforts. For Indian Tribes: (1) demonstration of Tribal adequacy; and (2) demonstration of the tribe's intent, adequate legal authority, and resources to implement specific program elements outlined in 40 CFR 144, 145, 146, and 148.



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