Nuclear Legacy Cleanup Program

For nuclear waste disposal activities to carry out the purposes of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, Public Law 97?425, as amended (NWPA); to conduct appropriate activities and participate in licensing activities in accordance with the NWPA.

Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Southern States Energy Board $ 315,000   2018-04-092023-04-07
Western Governors' Association $ 39,248   2018-04-092023-04-07
Toxic Substances Control, California Department Of $ 5,920,000   2018-03-052023-03-13
State Of Idaho Department Of Environmental Quality $ 6,052,047   2015-10-012020-09-30
Toxic Substances Control, California Department Of $ 4,605,802   2012-11-052018-06-29
Council Of State Governments Ltd., The $ 369,292   2012-12-212018-03-31
Western Governors' Association $ 124,165   2013-01-042018-02-28
Council Of State Governments Ltd., The $ 230,875   2013-01-182018-02-28
Southern States Energy Board $ 244,324   2012-12-212018-02-28
National Governors Association Center For Best Practices $ 3,428,000   1997-09-302012-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial and technical assistance is provided by Direct Payments for Specified Uses or Project Grants (cooperative agreements) to review and analyze potential economic, social, public health and safety, and environmental impacts; develop requests for impact and mitigation assistance; engage in any monitoring, testing, communication or evaluation activities; provide information to the public; and request information and make comments, recommendations.

Any salary or travel expense that would ordinarily be incurred by such State, political subdivision of such State, or an Indian tribe may not be considered eligible for funding under this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local governments, elected officials and affected Indian tribes surrounding DOE facilities.

Designation of a local government or tribe as an 'Affected Unite of Local Government' or 'Affected Tribe is done pursuant to the NWPA.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, affected units of local government and affected American Indian tribes will benefit, as well as the cleanup work at the Department of Energy.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

A letter of inquiry describing the proposed work and eligibility of the proposer to do the work under a project grant (cooperative agreement) is desirable before preparation of a detailed formal proposal.

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

Neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required.

An environmental impact statement/assessment is required for nuclear waste siting, but is not required in connection with the receipt or expenditure of these funds.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Direct Payments require no application. Applicant may omit the letter of inquiry and submit a proposal instead.

Award Procedures

The proposal may be forwarded for internal and external review and then, if approved, to a DOE procurement office for grant development.


Not Applicable.


Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), Sections 116, 118, 219, 302, Public Law 97-425; Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987, Public Law 100-159.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Normally 3 to 6 months for Project Grants (cooperative agreements).


Not Applicable.


Proposals for renewal are subject to both internal and external evaluation.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements. However, cost-sharing may be appropriate under certain conditions as set forth in DOE financial assistance rules (10 CFR Part 600) governing cost-sharing. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The schedule of DOE payment is arranged at the time of grant negotiations. Length and time phasing of assistance will vary with DOE program phase and activity. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Project Grants (cooperative agreements) are awarded/released in accordance with the terms set forth in the cooperative agreement. Direct Payments are released in a lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are required.


No audits are required for this program.


Grantee is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate the total costs incurred under the agreement or contract.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 17 $730,000; FY 18 est $535,000; and FY 19 est $750,000 - These numbers represent spending on the ECA Cooperative Agreement and the National Governor's Association Cooperative Agreement. I am not aware of other agreements associated with this CFDA.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

General Guidelines for Implementing Financial Assistance Programs under Section 116 and 118 of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, as amended. 10 CFR Part 600.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Elizabeth Lisann 1000 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20585 Email: Phone: (202) 586-2904

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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