Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund Corrective Action Program

To support State (including Territories that are included in the definition of 'State' in the Solid Waste Disposal Act) and Tribal corrective action programs that address releases from underground storage tanks.

Funding Priorities - Fiscal Year 2015: Assistance agreements to states and Tribes
will support activities in making progress in cleaning up petroleum leaks by initiating and completing cleanups, and reducing the backlog of sites not yet cleaned up.

In FY 2015, not less than 80 percent of LUST cleanup appropriated funds will be provided to states to carry out the LUST cleanup program.

High priority tasks include better site characterization efforts, remedy selection review, other technical assistance and management, oversight and enforcement activities at unaddressed LUST sites.

Funding Priorities - Fiscal Year 2016: Assistance agreements to states and Tribes will support activities in making progress in cleaning up petroleum leaks by initiating and completing cleanups, and reducing the backlog of sites not yet cleaned up.

In FY 2016, not less than 80 percent of LUST cleanup appropriated funds will be provided to states to carry out the LUST cleanup program.

High priority tasks include better site characterization efforts, remedy selection review, other technical assistance and management, oversight and enforcement activities at unaddressed LUST sites.



Funding Priorities - Fiscal Year 2017: Assistance agreements to states and Tribes will support activities in making progress in cleaning up petroleum leaks by initiating and completing cleanups, and reducing the backlog of sites not yet cleaned up.

In FY 2017, not less than 80 percent of LUST cleanup appropriated funds will be provided to states to carry out the LUST cleanup program.

High priority tasks include better site characterization efforts, remedy selection review, other technical assistance and management, oversight and enforcement activities at unaddressed LUST sites.



Funding Priorities - Fiscal Year 2018: Assistance agreements to states and Tribes will support activities in making progress in cleaning up petroleum leaks by initiating and completing cleanups, and reducing the backlog of sites not yet cleaned up.

In FY 2018, not less than 80 percent of LUST cleanup appropriated funds will be provided to states to carry out the LUST cleanup program.

High priority tasks include better site characterization efforts, remedy selection review, other technical assistance and management, oversight and enforcement activities at unaddressed LUST sites.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2016, states reviewed site characterization reports; reviewed corrective action plans; and conducted enforcement actions.

Cooperative agreements provided assistance to Tribes to help develop and implement the LUST program; and conduct cleanups and provide oversight of responsible party cleanups.

Fiscal Year 2017: In FY 2017, states will review site characterization reports; review corrective action plans; and conduct enforcement actions.

Cooperative agreements provide assistance to Tribes to help develop and implement the LUST program; and conduct cleanups and provide oversight of responsible party cleanups.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data 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.

For state-specific opportunities, EPA encourages potential applications to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Underground Storage Tanks Regional Program Managers (see http://www.epa.gov/swerust1/regions/index.htm).



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Environmental Quality, Arizona Dept Of $ 2,153,230   2020-07-012025-06-30
Health, Hawaii Department Of $ 1,402,462   2019-10-012024-09-30
Navajo Nation Tribal Government, The $ 875,000   2019-10-012024-09-30
Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department Of $ 945,000   2017-08-232024-08-22
Environmental Quality, Texas Commission On $ 2,155,000   2017-08-232024-08-22
Department Of Conservation & Natural Resources $ 1,510,755   2019-07-012024-06-30
Water Resources Control Board, California $ 5,260,000   2019-07-012024-06-30
Labor & Employment, Colorado Department Of $ 845,000   2021-10-012023-09-30
Environmental Quality, Utah Department Of $ 774,179   2021-10-012023-09-30
Montana Department Of Environmental Quality $ 580,000   2021-10-012023-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2016, 52 States (including DC and Puerto Rico) and four territories and 2 Indian Tribes submitted assistance agreement applications and were awarded LUST corrective action assistance agreements. Program accomplishments for FY 2016 resulted in completing 8,977 cleanups and reducing to 13 percent the percent of confirmed releases as UST facilities remaining to be cleaned up. Fiscal Year 2017: (no entry). Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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. States and Tribes may use financial assistance under this program for eligible and allowable costs incurred under cooperative agreements for corrective action, as described in Section: 54 Funding Priority and Section: 180 Criteria for Selecting Proposals.

This financial assistance program is not eligible for inclusion in Performance Partnership Grants under 40 CFR 35.133.

EPA will award cooperative agreements for corrective action activities.

The applicable provisions in OSWER Directive 9650.10A, 'LUST Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement Guidelines' apply to states receiving funds under this program.

See http://www.epa.gov/swerust1/directiv/d965010a.htm.

LUST Trust Funds for corrective action will not be used to implement any provision of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, Title XV, Subtitle B, that is not also a leaking underground storage tank activity authorized by Section 205 of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act. Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund (LTF) corrective action cooperative agreements are Continuing Environmental Program Grants[1], administered by EPA, and provide money to states to address petroleum[2] releases from underground storage tanks (USTs).

States must comply with the requirements in the LUST Trust Fund Corrective Action Cooperative Agreement Guidelines and the LUST Trust Fund Cost Recovery Policy as a condition of receiving LUST Trust Fund corrective action cooperative agreement funding.

https://www.epa.gov/ust/state-grant-policy-and-guidance.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Cooperative agreements are only available to States and Territories that have UST programs.

Additionally, these cooperative agreements are only available to Federally-recognized Tribes and Intertribal Consortia that must meet the requirements, as described in the Federal Register Notice, Vol.

67, No.

213, pp.

67181-67183, 'Update to EPA Policy on Certain Grants to Intertribal Consortia.'.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, Territories, Tribes and Intertribal Consortia and the communities and industries affected by leaks from underground storage tanks.

Credentials/Documentation

Even though the LUST corrective action assistance agreements are only used for traditional cleanup activities under Section 9003(h), States and Territories must either submit certification indicating the State or Territory meets the applicable Energy Policy Act provisions, or submit documentation describing the State or Territory's efforts to meet the requirements, in accordance with EPA's Energy Policy Act grant guidelines (http://www.epa.gov/oust/fedlaws/epact_05.htm). The EPA Regional Offices maintain the credentials/documentation for State and Territorial programs and federally-recognized Tribes and Intertribal Consortia. 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

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.

Tribes and Intertribal Consortia are not required to follow intergovernmental review procedures.

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. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov. States and Tribes apply for funds through EPA regional offices under this CFDA. Additionally 2 CFR 1500 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

These funds are awarded non-competitively. Applications will be subjected to administrative evaluation to determine the adequacy of the application in relation to assistance agreement regulations and to technical and program evaluation to determine the merit and relevance of the project. The Agency will advise the applicant if funding is being considered. A final work plan will be negotiated with the applicant. A cooperative agreement must be signed between EPA and the State or Territory or EPA and the Tribe or Intertribal Consortia. EPA awards the cooperative agreement to states through a previously established allocation process, issued under national guidance rather than through competition. See EPA Order 5700.5, Section 6(c)(1).

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1976 (SWDA), as amended, Section 9003(h), Public Law 105-276; EPA's Annual Appropriation Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Generally from 3 to 4 months.

Appeals

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

Renewals

Contact the appropriate Regional Office. See http://www.epa.gov/swerust1/states/index.htm.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: LUST corrective action funding awarded under Section 9003(h)(7) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act is subject to an allocation process developed by the Agency. By guidance, the Agency has established a process for allocating funds to states under Section 9003(h)(7) based on the cumulative numbers of confirmed UST releases, total number of existing registered petroleum UST systems, cleanups initiated, cleanups completed, the percentage of the population using groundwater for drinking water, and the number of states with approved UST programs. This program allocates funding to Tribes and Intertribal Consortia non-competitively based on their programmatic needs and national guidance. States must provide a 10 percent cost share for cooperative agreements awarded under Section 9003(h)(7). There is no matching requirement for corrective action cooperative agreements for Tribes or Intertribal Consortia awarded pursuant to Public Law 105-276. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The terms of the grant shall be determined at the time of the grant award by the specific EPA Regional Office. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reporting requirements are identified at 2 CFR 200.327.

EPA Regional Offices may include additional information regarding the content and frequency of reporting requirements in the terms and conditions of the agreements.

Recipients submit annual reports which include a description of the progress made towards meeting environmental goals as expressed by the environmental indicators and program measures.

Recipients report program performance results semi-annually that provide updates for commitments and priorities.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are required and identified at 2 CFR 200.327.

States are required to submit Federal Financial Reports (SF-425) to the Las Vegas Finance Center.

Performance monitoring is conducted to determine states' progress towards meeting overall program goals.

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

The record retention requirements of 2 CFR 1500.6 are applicable depending upon the identity of the recipient. Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-8153-0-7-304.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $55,424,775; FY 17 est $55,430,000; and FY 18 est $39,040,000 - LUST Obligations - Assistance Agreements to States and Tribes (for state and tribal staff oversight of initiating and cleaning up contamination from leaking underground storage tanks): For LUST State Cooperative Agreements: FY 2016 actual: $55,049,775; FY 2017 estimate: $55,040,000; FY 2018 estimate:$38,840,000. For LUST Tribal Cooperative Agreements: FY 2016 actual: $375,000, FY 2017 estimate: 390,000; FY 2018 estimate: $200,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For FY 2016, the Range for Territories and States: $41,000 - $3,226,000; Territory Average: $35,750; State Average: $1,088,080. It is anticipated that there will be approximately 2 Tribal cooperative agreements in FY 2016 for a total of $375,000. For FY 2017, the Range for Territories and States: $41,000 - $3,226,000; Territory Average: $35,750; State Average: $1,088,080. It is anticipated that there will be approximately 3 Tribal cooperative agreements in FY 2017 for a total of $390,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

General Grant Regulations and Procedures (2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR 1500, as applicable), State and Local Assistance (40 CFR Part 35.330 et. seq. for States and 40 CFR 35.730 et. seq. for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia). Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR Part 225 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes and 2 CFR Part 230 for Intertribal Consortia that follow the assistance regulations for nonprofit organizations. Contact Regional UST Program Manager for documents. Guidelines: Leaking Underground Storage Tanks Trust Fund. Cooperative Agreement Guidelines.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. For state-specific opportunities, EPA encourages potential applications to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Underground Storage Tanks Regional Program Managers (see http://www.epa.gov/swerust1/regions/index.htm).

Headquarters Office

Lynn Depont, USEPA Headquarters, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W. Mail Code: 5401P, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: depont.lynn@epa.gov Phone: (703) 603-7148

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

This program allocates funding to States and Tribes non-competitively under the allocation system referenced in Section :101. Guidelines for LUST corrective action cooperative agreements are found in OSWER Directive 9650-10A, and at OUST's website http://www.epa.gov/swerust1/directiv/d965010a.htm.


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