Superfund State and Indian Tribe Core Program Cooperative Agreements

To effectively implement the statutory requirements of CERCLA Section 121(f) for State involvement.

To provide funds to conduct CERCLA activities which are not assignable to specific sites, but support a recipient's site-specific response program.



Funding Priority - Fiscal
Year 2015: No content available

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: No content available

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: To support states and tribes to effectively meet the statutory requirements of CERCLA Section 121(f) for meaningful and substantial involvement in the Superfund remedial program.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: na.

Fiscal Year 2017: Administrative and program development, accounting systems development, legal authorities and enforcement support, hiring and training of State response staff, procedures for emergency response actions, identifying sites in the State affected by the release of hazardous substances, program management and planning; financial administration, reconciliation of records and financial report preparation; budget preparation/management, procurement and labor allocation accounting and reporting services; and state records and archives representation, cost recovery records maintenance, and cost recovery report preparation.

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.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Environmental Quality, Virginia Department Of $ 150,000   2019-04-012022-12-31
Health And Environmental Control, South Carolina Department Of $ 65,836   2019-10-012021-10-21
The Environment Maryland Department Of $ 190,280   2018-07-012021-09-30
Environmental Management, Alabama Dept Of $ 33,000   2019-10-012021-09-30
Environment And Conservation, Tennessee Department Of $ 49,960   2019-10-012021-09-30
Environmental Quality, Mississippi Department Of $ 36,089   2019-10-012021-09-30
Energy And Environment Cabinet $ 33,000   2019-10-012021-09-30
Natural Resources, Georgia Department Of $ 50,600   2019-10-012021-09-30
North Carolina Department Of Environmental Quality $ 66,000   2019-10-012021-09-30
Montana Department Of Environmental Quality $ 1,118,813   2014-07-012021-06-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: na. Fiscal Year 2017: In Fiscal Year 2017, the types of activities funded included: hiring staff, administrative salaries, clerical help, financial accounting, data management, program management, medical monitoring, health and safety training for field employees, computer systems purchases, training, legal assistance and legislative development. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Core Program Cooperative Agreements are offered to ensure that each State, or Federally Recognized Indian Tribe or intertribal consortia can substantially participate in CERCLA response actions.

Recipients negotiate with EPA Regions to receive funding for a variety of activities that include: (1) Procedures for emergency response actions and remediation of environmental and health risks; (2) provisions for satisfying all requirements and assurances; (3) development of legal authorities and enforcement support; (4) hiring and training staff; and (5) activities that support EPA/Recipient interaction.

Recipients with Regional approval may receive awards for multi year budget and project periods at the Region's discretion.

Funding for the entire project may be made as a lump sum or incrementally over time.

Recipients must demonstrate progress towards the goals stated in the Core Program Cooperative Agreement in order to be eligible for continued funding.

Only one Core Program Cooperative Agreement will be awarded to each eligible State or Tribe or intertribal consortia through the Single Point of Contact.

Funds must be used for non-site-specific activities as described above. 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 (and political subdivisions thereof), Commonwealths, U.S.

Territories and Possessions, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, including intertribal consortia.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States (and political subdivisions thereof), Commonwealths, U.S. Territories and Possessions, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, including intertribal consortia.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance 40 CFR Part 35 Subpart O and 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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

Consultation and pre-application conference are recommended.

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. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.

Award Procedures

EPA regional Superfund program offices review the applications for cooperative agreements. Final approval of application and supporting documentation and offer of award is made by the EPA Regional Administrator unless re-delegated to the Regional Division Director.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Section 104(d), 42 U.S.C 9604(d).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately ninety (90) days.

Appeals

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

Renewals

Applications for additional funding need to include only the revised pages from EPA Form 424.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. As required by 40 CFR Part 35 Subpart O, State recipients of Core Program Cooperative Agreements must provide a 10 percent cost share of the total project cost on all awards. This match may be made from either direct, non-federal funds, non reimbursed fund, or with in kind contributions. CERCLA credits earned at other Superfund sites cannot be used to meet the 10 percent match. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is awarded as a lump sum, or may be incrementally funded. Recipients with Regional approval may receive cooperative agreement awards for multi year budget and project periods at the Region's discretion. Continued funding of tasks in subsequent years is based on an evaluation of demonstrated progress towards the goals in the Core Program Cooperative Agreement Statement of Work. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: In order to receive payment by the letter of credit method, the recipient must comply with the requirements regarding letter of credit described in Part of 2CFR 200. 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. 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 Part 200.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

The recipients must submit progress reports no more frequently than quarterly, but at a minimum annually.

The recipients must submit financial status reports annually, and a final report.

Financial status reports are required.

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.

Records

The record retention requirements of 2 CFR 200 and 1500 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-8145-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $4,600,000; FY 17 est $4,600,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - FY15 $5.6 million; FY16 $4.6 million; FY 17 $4.6 million (estimate).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$2,500 to $355,000; with the average award being $127,966.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200, 40 CFR Part 35, Subpart O, Program Guidance Documents.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Yolanda Singer Ellyn Fine, Assessment and Remediation Division, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, Office of Land and Emergency Management; Mail Code 5204P, EPA, Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (703) 603-8714. E-mail: fine.ellyn@epa.gov , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: singer.yolanda@epa.gov Phone: (703) 603-8835

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For Core Program Cooperative Agreements, recipients must demonstrate a need for non-site specific funds to support activities not covered by other site-specific awards. Each project is examined and selected on a case-by-case basis based upon availability of funds, receipt of application, and other criteria as determined by EPA.



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