Alternative or Innovative Treatment Technology Research, Demonstration, Training, and Hazardous Substance Research Grants

To support grants and cooperative agreements for (1) a program of research, evaluation, testing, development, and demonstration of alternative or innovative treatment technologies which may be utilized in response actions to achieve more permanent protection of human health and welfare and the environment;
(2) a technology transfer program including the development, collection, evaluation, coordination, and dissemination of information relating to the utilization of alternative or innovative treatment technologies for response actions; (3) a program of training and evaluation of training needs in the procedures for the handling and removal of hazardous substances for employees who handle hazardous substances and training in the management of facilities at which hazardous substances are located and in the evaluation of the hazards to human health presented by such facilities for State and local health and environmental agency personnel, and (4) a program of research with respect to the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effects on and risks to human health of hazardous substances and detection of hazardous substances in the environment.

'Alternative Treatment' refers to (new) technologies and techniques for treating solid waste/sites that differ from the technologies techniques being used currently.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015: No content available.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) held a CERCLA and Brownfield Research Center Subcommittee Symposium in August 2016, as well as Annual and Mid-Year meetings (October 2015 and April 2016).

Focus group research covered issues related to EPA and state implementation of the federal Superfund program including site assessment, remedial action, post-construction management and contaminated sediments.

FY17: On-going research from FY16 will be completed and shared at the ASTSWMO Annual Meeting (October 2016) and Mid-Year meeting (April 2017).



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials' Focus Group research covered issues related to EPA and state implementation of the federal Superfund program including site assessment, remedial action, post-construction management and contaminated sediments.

ASTSWMO presented research at its Annual and Mid-Year meetings (October 2016 and April 2017).

EPA issued a Request for Proposals on December 9, 2016, entitled ?CERCLA Research Cooperative Agreement? for competitive proposals to provide support for state participation in developing tools, procedures and guidance to promote efficient cleanup work by states under the Superfund program.

EPA received one proposal in response to the announcement; the selection is under review by EPA.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: To Check and Print Your Completion Certificate: After completing the course, please check your completion certificate to ensure it has a 2017 completion date.

To do so, log into Skillport, click on the down arrow next to your photo icon (upper right corner), and the select ?Learning Transcript.? All of your Skillport course completion certificates can be found here.

You can print the certificate by selecting the ?Action? button, and then selecting ?View Certificate.? You will see the print option in the upper right corner of the certificate.

Fiscal Year 2017: New award pending.

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.

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



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Association Of State And Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials $ 539,381   2017-09-012022-08-31
Northern Arizona University $ 1,100,000   2015-01-012019-12-31
Association Of State And Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials $ 204,606   2013-10-012019-09-30
Environmental Council Of States, Inc. $ 731,000   2014-10-012019-09-30
Association Of State And Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials $ 959,468   2011-08-012018-07-31
Association Of State And Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials $ 1,757,854   2011-09-012017-08-31
Great Lakes Commission $ 167,900   2011-10-012014-09-30
Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Committee $ 15,000   2014-09-012014-09-30
Upper Mississippi River Basin Association $ 465,000   2010-10-012014-09-30
Northern Arizona University $ 743,280   2008-11-012013-10-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: na. Fiscal Year 2017: na. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' eligible and allowable direct costs incurred under an approved work plan plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations.

Funds awarded under Section 311(b)(3) of CERCLA must be used for projects relating to innovative or alternative treatment technologies that may be utilized in response actions to achieve more permanent protection of human health and welfare and the environment.

Types of discrete projects may include: land use controls research; health effects in construction workers; studies of above ground storage tank inspection practices; remediation technologies and strategies; and support for State forums to share information on research on hazardous substances waste remediation.

Funding awarded for research under CERCLA 311(c) does not include research within the purview of EPA's Office of Research and Development.

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.

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, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and individuals.

In some instances, EPA will consider applications from profit makers, proposing projects with significant technical merit and relevance to EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

Nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply.

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, Indian Tribes, universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, industry, and other public and private institutions and individuals.

Credentials/Documentation

EPA may request that applicants document their nonprofit status. The Agency may also request that applicants demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. EPA may ask applicants or principle investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants considering submitting proposals are advised to discuss proposed projects with or submit pre-applications to staff in the appropriate EPA technical program offices.

When making competitive awards, EPA will specify the nature of the pre-application assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications.

For information contacts, see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

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.

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 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 standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR 200 and must be used for this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

For non-competitive awards, EPA will conduct an administrative evaluation to determine the adequacy of the application in relation to grant regulations and a technical and program evaluation to determine the merit and relevance of the project. The Agency will then advise the applicant if funding is being considered. A final work plan will then be negotiated with the applicant. 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

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Section 311(b)&(c), Public Law 95-510, 42 U.S.C 9660; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Section 311(b)&(c), Public Law 99-499, 42 U.S.C 9660.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days.

Appeals

For non-competitive awards: Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable. For competitive awards: 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 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

None. EPA may incrementally fund grants and cooperative agreements under this program. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to EPA's priorities, and availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: EPA supports two types of projects under this Section: 1. Alternative or innovative treatment demonstration projects [311(b)(3)]. When making awards under Section 311(b)(3), 'Alternative or innovative treatment technology research and demonstration program, Contracts and grants,' the Administrator shall, to the maximum extent possible, enter into appropriate cost sharing arrangements. EPA may waive the 311(b)(3) cost sharing requirement in appropriate cases if a justification is provided and accepted. This program has no statutory cost sharing formula, however, there are funding restrictions. For example, the Administrator shall not provide any Federal assistance for any part of a full-scale field demonstration project unless the applicant can demonstrate that it cannot obtain appropriate private financing on reasonable terms and conditions sufficient to carry out the demonstration project. The total Federal funds for any full-scale field demonstration project shall not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of such project estimated at the time of the award. Furthermore, the Administrator shall not expend more than $10,000,000 for assistance under the program in any fiscal year and shall not expend more than $3,000,000 for any single project. 2. Hazardous substance research [311(c)]. Assistance awarded under Section 311(c), 'Hazardous substance research' has no cost sharing requirements or funding restrictions. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

EPA generally funds grants and cooperative agreements in a lump sum on a 12-month basis. However, EPA can negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements. Incremental funding may be available. EPA generally limits project periods to 5 years. The Office of Congressional Liaison is notified of the award. They in turn notify the appropriate House and Senate members that the assistance agreement has been awarded. This notification period lasts 5 days. After the 5 Day Congressional notification period, the original award document will be sent to the recipient. A copy of the award document will be sent to the Project Officer and the Las Vegas Financial Management Center or the Regions Financial Management Office. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reporting requirements are identified at 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable.

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

Grantees are required to submit program reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements.

Grantees are required to submit financial reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Financial Reporting and Financial Management Systems requirements stated in Federal Grant Regulations 40 CFR Part 31 and OMB Circular No.A-102.

Grantees are required to submit progress reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in Federal Grant Regulations 2 CFR 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 Federal Grant Regulations 2 CFR 200 and 1500.

Grantees are required to perform performance monitoring in accordance with Agency policy and requirements stated in Federal Grant Regulations 2 CFR 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. 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

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 must be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-8145-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $500,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - FY15 $190,332(actual); FY 16(est.)$200,000.00; FY 17 (est.) $500,000.00.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For each fiscal year it is $50,000 - $1,000,000 Average $500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Alternative or innovative treatment technology and hazardous substance research grants are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations 2 CFR 200 and 1500 and FAR Part 31 for profit makers.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

Barbara McDonough, Contracts Management Branch, Resources Management Division, Office of Superfund Remediation & Technology Innovation, USEPA (5202-P), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: mcdonough.barbara@epa.gov Phone: (703) 603-9042.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Competitive applications and proposals will be selected in accordance with announced criteria. Non-competitive proposals are judged for (a) technical merit in terms of: (1) strengths and weaknesses of the project; (2) adequacy of overall project design; (3) competency of proposed staff; (4) suitability of applicant's available resources; (5) appropriateness of the proposed project period and budget; and (6) probability that the project will accomplish stated objectives; and, for (b) program interest in terms of: (1) the need for the proposed project; and (2) relationship to program objectives. The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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