Environmental Protection Consolidated Grants for the Insular Areas - Program Support

The consolidated program support grant is an alternative assistance delivery mechanism which allows an Insular Territory responsible for continuing pollution control programs to develop an integrated approach to pollution control.

An agency eligible for assistance for two or more pollution control
programs may consolidate its assistance requests into a single application and receive a single consolidated award in an effort to reduce administrative and application costs and recognize its own public health and environmental priorities for funding as authorized by the OTA.

The consolidated grants program does not represent funding in addition to grants provided under individual authorities, but merely represents the amount of consolidation taking place within the Agency's total grant appropriations.

Funding Priority for FY15 : This continuing environmental program grant and cooperative agreement (FY14 -18 grant period) supports and is consistent with EPA Strategic Goals 2 (Clean and Safe Water) and the Objectives 2.2 (Protect Water Quality) with Subojective 2.2.1 (Improve Water Quality on a Watershed Basis); and Objective 2.1 (Protect Human Health) with Subobjective 2.1.1 (Water Safe To Drink).

The EPA strategic goals, objectives, and subobjective are for consolidated environmental management and protection programs for the US Pacific Territories, and continue to be intended to meet Insular area priorities by further establishing fishable, swimmable waters through surveillance, monitoring, and enforcement of water quality standards and regulations, and towards the goal of zero beach closure postings; and compliance and enforcement of safe drinking water regulations towards the goal of having potable water for 100 percent of the population.

Furthermore, watershed management is the overarching mission for all environmental protection activities to help improve water quality, this program goal is establish special management areas to prevent groundwater contamination, and mitigate or eliminate nonpoint discharges of pollution.

Regarding EPA Goal 4 (Healthy Communities and Ecosystems) and Objective 4.2 (Communities) and Subobjective 4.2.3 (Assess and Clean-Up Brownfields), the Insular areas have the goal of completing an Territory wide inventory of all potential Brownfield sites and a clean-up of at least (1) site.

This grant supports Goal 1 (Clean Air and Global Climate Change), Objective 1.1 (Healthier Outdoor Air), Sub-objective 1.1.1 (More People Breathing Clean Air).

Specifically, the Insular area will assist USEPA as necessary to study and monitor data to determine the severity of PM 2.5 pollution and its effect on the quality of outdoor air and risks to human health.

Furthermore, the USEPA Pacific Islands Office assures (1) PIO has reviewed the assistance agreement and work plan and that (2) the consolidated environmental program work plan meets the requirements of EPA Order 5700.7 (a).

The PRCs assigned to the funding for the project are consistent with these strategic goals and objectives.

They include cleaning up communities and advancing sustainable development; land preservation and restoration.

However, topics of climate change, sustainable development, zero waste, and ocean acidification are all active in program areas that are not directly funded by EPA.



Funding Priority for FY16 : This continuing environmental program grant and cooperative agreement (FY14 -18 grant period) supports and is consistent with EPA Strategic Goals 2 (Clean and Safe Water) and the Objectives 2.2 (Protect Water Quality) with Subojective 2.2.1 (Improve Water Quality on a Watershed Basis); and Objective 2.1 (Protect Human Health) with Subobjective 2.1.1 (Water Safe To Drink).

The EPA strategic goals, objectives, and subobjective are for consolidated environmental management and protection programs for the US Pacific Territories, and continue to be intended to meet Insular area priorities by further establishing fishable, swimmable waters through surveillance, monitoring, and enforcement of water quality standards and regulations, and towards the goal of zero beach closure postings; and compliance and enforcement of safe drinking water regulations towards the goal of having potable water for 100 percent of the population.

Furthermore, watershed management is the overarching mission for all environmental protection activities to help improve water quality, this program goal is establish special management areas to prevent groundwater contamination, and mitigate or eliminate nonpoint discharges of pollution.

Regarding EPA Goal 4 (Healthy Communities and Ecosystems) and Objective 4.2 (Communities) and Subobjective 4.2.3 (Assess and Clean-Up Brownfields), the Insular areas have the goal of completing an Territory wide inventory of all potential Brownfield sites and a clean-up of at least (1) site.

This grant supports Goal 1 (Clean Air and Global Climate Change), Objective 1.1 (Healthier Outdoor Air), Sub-objective 1.1.1 (More People Breathing Clean Air).

Specifically, the Insular area will assist USEPA as necessary to study and monitor data to determine the severity of PM 2.5 pollution and its effect on the quality of outdoor air and risks to human health.

Furthermore, the USEPA Pacific Islands Office assures (1) PIO has reviewed the assistance agreement and work plan and that (2) the consolidated environmental program work plan meets the requirements of EPA Order 5700.7 (a).

The PRCs assigned to the funding for the project are consistent with these strategic goals and objectives.

They include cleaning up communities and advancing sustainable development; land preservation and restoration.

However, topics of climate change, sustainable development, zero waste, and ocean acidification are all active in program areas that are not directly funded by EPA.



Specifically, the environmental priorities are climate change, disaster preparedness and response, zero waste (P2, recycling, reducing and better managing waste going to landfills, smart growth/natural resource protection due to recent resort and military development, safe drinking water, adequately treated sewage, keeping nearshore water fishable and swimmable, coral reef and watershed protection, beach monitoring, pesticide management, military and WW2 legacy wastes, including unexploded ordnance.

The Funding priority for FY17 is the same as FY 16: This continuing environmental program grant and cooperative agreement (FY14 -18 grant period) supports and is consistent with EPA Strategic Goals 2 (Clean and Safe Water) and the Objectives 2.2 (Protect Water Quality) with Subojective 2.2.1 (Improve Water Quality on a Watershed Basis); and Objective 2.1 (Protect Human Health) with Subobjective 2.1.1 (Water Safe To Drink).

The EPA strategic goals, objectives, and subobjective are for consolidated environmental management and protection programs for the US Pacific Territories, and continue to be intended to meet Insular area priorities by further establishing fishable, swimmable waters through surveillance, monitoring, and enforcement of water quality standards and regulations, and towards the goal of zero beach closure postings; and compliance and enforcement of safe drinking water regulations towards the goal of having potable water for 100 percent of the population.

Furthermore, watershed management is the overarching mission for all environmental protection activities to help improve water quality, this program goal is establish special management areas to prevent groundwater contamination, and mitigate or eliminate nonpoint discharges of pollution.

Regarding EPA Goal 4 (Healthy Communities and Ecosystems) and Objective 4.2 (Communities) and Subobjective 4.2.3 (Assess and Clean-Up Brownfields), the Insular areas have the goal of completing an Territory wide inventory of all potential Brownfield sites and a clean-up of at least (1) site.

This grant supports Goal 1 (Clean Air and Global Climate Change), Objective 1.1 (Healthier Outdoor Air), Sub-objective 1.1.1 (More People Breathing Clean Air).

Specifically, the Insular area will assist USEPA as necessary to study and monitor data to determine the severity of PM 2.5 pollution and its effect on the quality of outdoor air and risks to human health.

Furthermore, the USEPA Pacific Islands Office assures (1) PIO has reviewed the assistance agreement and work plan and that (2) the consolidated environmental program work plan meets the requirements of EPA Order 5700.7 (a).

The PRCs assigned to the funding for the project are consistent with these strategic goals and objectives.

They include cleaning up communities and advancing sustainable development; land preservation and restoration.

However, topics of climate change, sustainable development, zero waste, and ocean acidification are all active in program areas that are not directly funded by EPA.



Specifically, the environmental priorities are climate change, disaster preparedness and response, zero waste, P2, recycling, reducing and better managing waste going to landfills, smart growth/natural resource protection due to recent resort and military development, safe drinking water, adequately treated sewage, keeping nearshore water fishable and swimmable, coral reef and watershed protection, beach monitoring, pesticide management, military and WW2 legacy wastes, including unexploded ordnance.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2015: BECQ did an excellent job using its first year of RCRA funding to exceed work plan requirements, ground-truth CNMI RCRA data, and help EPA update its RCRA Info database.

BECQ completed an On-Site Disposal System Survey for Rota.

BECQ, together with DPW, removed over 1000 lbs of trash and 20,000 gallons of sludge from Garapan Drainage Ditch to reduce non-point sources of pollution and protect the water quality of Saipan Lagoon and its coral reefs.

BECQ pesticide inspection targets were met and BECQ successfully intercepted unregistered and misbranded pesticides to their points of origin. In American Samoa, ASEPA managed the Keep American Samoa Beautiful (KASB) anti-litter Program which includes 27 groups conducting monthly cleanups of roadsides, streams and coastal areas.

Completed the 2015 Sanitary Survey for all (6) of ASPA's PWS's Satellite systems (Aunu'u, Afono, Aoa, Fagasa, Masefau, and Vatia).

Partnered with ASPA, DOC, DMWR, DOA, DOH, and Visitor's Bureau to form the Island Wide Cleanup Committee (IWCC) to schedule cleanups and discuss solid waste management initiatives and plans.

The recipient's assistance in launching the Cesspool Inventory for the villages of Vatia, Aoa, and Aunu'u, helped lead to the creation of American Samoa's 'Healthy Living Program' in which their remaining inventory of septic tanks were solely dedicated to protecting water quality by replacing cesspools that were in proximity to drinking water wells. In Guam, GEPA completed their CWA 305b and 303d report for submittal to HQ and Congress.

They also began the operation of their Safe Drinking Water SIDWIS system.

Fiscal Year 2016: No content available.

Fiscal Year 2017: No content available.


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 Region 2 Contact:Victor M.Trinidad,Chief, Environmental Management Branch,EPA Region 2, Caribbean Environmental Protection Division, Centro Europa Building, Suite 417,1492 Ponce de Leon Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907-4127;Phone: (787) 977-5870;FAX: (787) 729-7747;EPA Region 9 Contacts:Guam:Alba Espitia,Grants Management Specialist,Grants Management Office (PMD-7),U. S. EPA Region 9,75 Hawthorne St.,San Francisco, CA 94105;Ph: 415-972-3667;Fax: 415-947-3556;E-mail: espitia.alba@epa.gov; CNMI and American Samoa:Renee Chan,Grants Management Specialist,Grants Management Office (PMD-7),U. S. EPA Region 9 75 Hawthorne St.,San Francisco, CA 94105;Ph: 415-972-3675;Fax: 415-947-3556;E-mail: chan.renee@epa.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Guam Environmental Protection Agency $ 5,871,084   2003-10-012009-03-31
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2015: In the CNMI, BECQ continued its progress of the Achugao Watershed Remediation Project. BECQ has been successfully engaging the community, partnering with other CNMI resources agencies and eliminating piggeries that discharge to the streams, to protect the water quality of Saipan Lagoon and its coral reefs. Also, BECQ has completed a Climate Change Risk Vulnerability Assessment for Saipan; and subsequently, Governor Inos issued a Climate Change Directive for all CNMI agencies to participate in the Climate Change Working Group and to develop a climate change adaptation plan. Under BECQ's leadership the Garapan Conservation Action Plan was completed and signed by the directors of the three natural resource management agencies; Division of Fish and Wildlife, Division of Environmental Quality, Division of Coastal Resource Management. The GCAP includes a comprehensive work plan for improving the natural resources in the watershed of the next 5-10 years. In American Samoa, ASEPA worked closely with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of Defense (DOD) to combat mosquito borne diseases during the Dengue fever and Chikungunya outbreak response in American Samoa. Also, ASEPA successfully negotiated a voluntary environmental mitigation project with Starkist Samoa, Inc., in conjunction with the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources and American Samoa Community College to routinely monitor the water quality in Pago Pago Harbor. Additionally, ASEPA drafted a proposed Beverage Container Recycling Act ('Bottle Bill') and a proposed Ban on Expanded Polystyrene Foam Containers for the Territory. In Guam, Guam EPA assisted in the final closure of the Ordo Open Dump, which was informally considered a Superfund site, and the successful opening of a new RCRA landfill. Fiscal Year 2016: No content available. Fiscal Year 2017: No content available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants and cooperative agreements are awarded to Insular Area agencies under the above referenced authorities to provide technical and managerial support in relation to continuing environmental program grants that serve to protect the public health and welfare of the Insular Areas. 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: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial. 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

The Territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to receive and administer funds for more than one environmental program.

For certain competitive funding opportunities under this description, the Agency may limit eligibility to a particular subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy. 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

The Territories of Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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

Preapplication communications should be directed to the appropriate EPA Regional office.

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

An applicant should consult the Regional office or official designated as the single point of contact for their Insular Area for more information on the process the Insular Area needs to follow when applying for assistance.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372. 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. U.S. Insular area agencies will be notified to submit grant application packages identifying required forms including a work plan. The application package should be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Office. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

U.S. Insular area agencies will be notified of Federal assistance awards through the appropriate EPA Regional Office. 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, Section 102(2)(F); Omnibus Territories Act , Public Law 95-134, 48 U.S.C 1469a; Pollution Prevention Act, Section 6605; Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3)&106; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 28(a),404(g); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 23(a)(1)&(a)(2); Solid Waste Disposal Act, 42 U.S.C 6908a; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1443(a)&1443(b); Clean Water Act, Section 205(g)&205(j)2; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 306; Clean Water Act, Section 319(h); Omnibus Territories Act , Public Law 95-348, 48 U.S.C 1469a; Omnibus Territories Act , Public Law 96-205, 48 Stat. 1469a; Omnibus Territories Act , Public Law 99-396, 48 U.S.C 1469a; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act , Public Law 96-510; Brownfields Law, Section 128a, Public Law 107-118; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days.

Appeals

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

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Matching requirements may be waived by the Agency pursuant to the Omnibus Territories Act. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is usually awarded for a 1-year or longer period. The Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) is the preferred payment method. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded as fiscal year program funds become available. Typically 3-5 awards/amendments are made per year.

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 and final performance reports, and financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Reporting requirements are also identified in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

Additionally, progress reporting by the Insular Area agency and performance monitoring by EPA will be the minimum necessary for sound program management.

Reporting requirements may vary with each Insular Area agency depending upon the specific agency's demonstrated management abilities.

A financial status report is required within 90 days of the end of the budget period.

Program Reports are required.

Cash Reports are required.

Progress Reports are required.

Expenditure Reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

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. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-federal entities that expend $750,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall 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.

Records

All records including documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for three years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report. If any litigation, claim or audit is started before the end of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until the litigations, claims or audit findings have been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304; 68-0103-0-1-304; 20-8153-0-7-304; 20-8145-0-7-304.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 15 $28,000,000; FY 16 est $26,000,000; and FY 17 Estimate Not Available - Grants obligated for American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam were the following: FY14 $27,000,000, FY 15 EST $28,000,000; FY16 $26,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In general, financial assistance has increased annually depending on program funding that is consolidated into the grant. Financial assistance has generally ranged from $2,000,000 to $3,300,000/territory/fiscal year for environmental program assistance. The total estimated average is $8,000,000/fiscal year. For FY11 and beyond, territorial Drinking Water and Clean Water SRF grant funds are being consolidated into grants for the territories of Guam, CNMI and American Samoa. For FY11 through FY15, SRF financial assistance for the territories of Guam, CNMI and American Samoa has ranged from $7M - $9M annually per territory.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200; 40 CFR Part 35, Subpart A, Environmental Program Grants; EPA annual Program Guidance.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. EPA Region 2 Contact:Victor M.Trinidad,Chief, Environmental Management Branch,EPA Region 2, Caribbean Environmental Protection Division, Centro Europa Building, Suite 417,1492 Ponce de Leon Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907-4127;Phone: (787) 977-5870;FAX: (787) 729-7747;EPA Region 9 Contacts:Guam:Alba Espitia,Grants Management Specialist,Grants Management Office (PMD-7),U.S. EPA Region 9,75 Hawthorne St.,San Francisco, CA 94105;Ph: 415-972-3667;Fax: 415-947-3556;E-mail: espitia.alba@epa.gov; CNMI and American Samoa:Renee Chan,Grants Management Specialist,Grants Management Office (PMD-7),U.S. EPA Region 9 75 Hawthorne St.,San Francisco, CA 94105;Ph: 415-972-3675;Fax: 415-947-3556;E-mail: chan.renee@epa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Alba Espitia, Grants Management Office (PMD-7), EPA Region 9, 75 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, California 94105 Email: espitia.alba@epa.gov Phone: (415) 972-3667.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications may be approved if: 1) funds are available; 2) if the application satisfies the requirements of 2 CFR 200 and 40 CFR Part 35 and applicable statutes; and 3) if the proposed work program is feasible and compatible with the program priorities in EPA annual guidance. The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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