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Superfund Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) for Community Groups at National Priority List (NPL) Sites

TAG
Number: 66.806
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
66.806 Superfund Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) for Community Groups at National Priority List (NPL) Sites
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Environmental Protection Agency
Authorization (040):
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, Section 117(e), Public Law 96-510; Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, Public Law 99-499, 42 U.S.C 9617.
Objectives (050):
The statutory authority for this project is CERCLA 117(e) as amended by 42 USC 9617(e); it authorizes Technical Assistance Grants to be awarded to groups of individuals affected by or threatened by a release at a Superfund site so that they can obtain independent technical assistance to interpret site-related documents and share this information to the rest of the community. The objective of each TAG is to procure an independent technical advisor(s) to review and inform the community on EPA documents related to cleaning up the Superfund site that is affecting them. The goal of each TAG is that the technical advisor's information aids the community in the preparation of public comments and assists the community to more meaningfully participate in the cleanup decision-making process.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2013: Only one grant is available per site, at any time. EPA does not prioritize among eligible sites. All TAG applications are given equal priority as long as the site and group are eligible. The applicant group must meet minimum administrative and management capability requirements by demonstrating they have or will have reliable procedures for record keeping and financial accountability related to TAG management. In addition, all applications must address: plans for using a technical advisor's services, plans and ability to inform other members of the community, and the group's membership (representative of the different individuals/groups affected by the site). Funding must be used to provide resources so that community groups can obtain technical assistance to better understand technical issues related to the cleanup of the Superfund site affecting them and to provide comments on technical, cleanup-related documents. Technical issues for which groups obtain technical assistance may include: the nature of the environmental and public health hazards at the site; the various stages of health and environmental investigations; cleanup and operation and maintenance activities for a site, including exposure investigation, health study, surveillance program, health promotion activities (for example, medical monitoring and pediatric health units), remedial investigation, and feasibility study, record of decision, remedial design, selection and construction of remedial action, operation and maintenance, and removal.
Types of Assistance (060):
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
All or most of the Federal funds must be used at sites listed on the National Priorities List (NPL) or proposed for listing under the National Contingency Plan (NCP), where a response action has begun under CERCLA to procure a technical advisor(s) to help in understanding the nature of the environmental and public health hazards at the site, or the various stages of health and environmental investigations and activities, cleanup, and operation and maintenance of a site, including exposure investigation, health study, surveillance program, health promotion activities (for example, medical monitoring and pediatric health units), remedial investigation, and feasibility study, record of decision, remedial design, selection and construction of remedial action, operation and maintenance, and removal. Limitations: (a) Federal funds cannot be used to develop new primary data, such as conducting independent testing and monitoring activities at a site. (b) Under CERCLA, as amended, grant funds cannot be used for lawsuits or other legal actions, or attorney fees for services connected to any legal action or that could result in a relationship to which attorney/client privileges applies. (c) Grant funds cannot be applied towards a technical advisor's time spent assisting an attorney in preparing a legal action or preparing and serving as an expert witness at any legal proceedings. (d) Grant funds cannot be used for any activities or expenditures for recipient group members' travel. (e) Grant funds cannot be used for political activity and lobbying. (f) Grant funds cannot be used for generation of new health data through biomedical testing (for example, blood or urine testing), clinical evaluations, health studies, surveillance, registries, and/or public health investigations. (g) Grant funds cannot be used for activities that are unallowable under the cost principles stated in Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-122. (h) Grant funds cannot be used for tuition or other training expenses for recipient group's members. (i) Grant funds cannot be used to reopen or challenge final EPA decisions.

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 (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
A technical assistance grant (TAG) is available to any qualified group of individuals which: may be "affected" by a release or threatened release at any facility listed on the NPL or proposed for listing under the NCP where a "response action" under CERCLA has begun; meets minimum administrative and management capability requirements found in 40 CFR 30.12 by demonstrating they have or will have reliable procedures for record keeping and financial accountability related to TAG management; and incorporates as a nonprofit for the specific purpose of representing "affected" individuals at the site. "Affected" means subject to an actual or potential health, economic or environmental threat. A group is ineligible if: (a) The group is a "potentially responsible party" (PRP), receives money or services from a PRP, or represents a PRP; (b) The group is affiliated with a national organization; (c) The group is an academic institution; (d) The group is a political subdivision; (e) The group was established or is presently sustained by any of the ineligible entities listed above; or (f) The group is not incorporated as a nonprofit organization for the specific purpose of representing affected people except as provided in 40 CFR 35.4045.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
This program benefits groups of individuals affected by Superfund hazardous waste sites. Groups should be representative of the community affected by the Superfund site, which may include homeowners, land/property owners, local businesses, as well as any other individuals in the general public who live near a site.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
At the time of the award, a recipient must either be incorporated or demonstrate that they have taken all necessary and appropriate actions to do so. Recipients must show proof of incorporation no later than the time of the group's first request for reimbursement for costs incurred. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-122. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
1) Groups wishing to apply for a TAG must first submit to EPA a letter of intent (LOI). Groups interested in applying for a TAG are encouraged to contact their regional TAG coordinator(s), listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog). 2) If site work is already underway or scheduled to begin, EPA will publish a notice in the local newspaper to formally notify other interested parties that they may contact the first group that sent the LOI to form a coalition or they may submit a separate LOI. 3) Competing groups are encouraged to consolidate and submit a single application. 4) Prior to submitting their application to EPA (or concurrently), the applicant must submit the application package for their State's intergovernmental review process. This intergovernmental review may take up to 60 days. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 110. For more information regarding the procedures for submitting a LOI or for application assistance, contact the TAG coordinator(s) for your region (in Appendix IV of the Catalog) or the individuals listed under "Information Contacts.". 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 (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. An applicant for a TAG must submit the following materials in accordance with 40 CFR 35.4125 of the Final Rule: 1) An original EPA Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance. The application must have the original signature of the project manager. 2) A budget showing the proposed expenditure of funds, how the funds and other resources, including the required 20 percent match, will be used to complete the project, and how the budget figures were derived. 3) A scope of work which states how the group will organize, use procured personnel, and share and disseminate information to the larger affected community. In addition, the scope of work must explain project milestones and how the group's board of directors, technical advisors(s) and "project manager" will interact with each other. 4) Assurances, certifications and other preaward paperwork as 40 CFR part 30 requires. Currently, opportunities under this CFDA are not available and electronic submissions are not accepted through www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure (093):
1) A TAG review team in the EPA Regional Office to which the application is submitted reviews the application and sends a letter containing written comments telling the applicant what, if any, changes need to be made to the application to make it complete. 2) An applicant group has 90 days from the date of the EPA letter to make the changes to their application and resubmit it to EPA. If the changes are not submitted within the 90-day period, the application will be returned unprocessed. 3) EPA determines the applicant's eligibility under 40 CFR 35.4020 and considers whether and how successfully the group meets three equally weighted criteria in 40 CFR 35.4155 (see 180, "criteria for selecting proposals," below). When multiple groups apply, EPA will rank each applicant relative to other applicants using the three equally weighted criteria. 4) If an applicant is not going to be awarded a TAG, the EPA will send a letter of rejection to the applicant. 5) If an application is approved for an award, a grant agreement document (EPA Form 5700-20A) is signed by the EPA award official. This document becomes an offer from EPA to the applicant. Award offers are mailed to the recipient five working days after the award official signs the agreement. 6) The applicant must sign and return the agreement to EPA within three weeks of the date the agreement is postmarked or request an extension. EPA will review applications in accordance to terms, conditions and criteria in the TAG regulations and EPA's policy for competing assistance agreements.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 4 to 9 weeks.
Appeals (096):
Disputes will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable. Before a group obtains judicial review of the dispute, they must have requested the Regional Administrator to review the dispute decision official's determination under 40 CFR 31.70(c), and if the group still has a dispute, they must request the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response to review the Regional Administrator's decision under 40 CFR 31.70(h).
Renewals (097):
Grant waiver requests are made at the end of the budget period and are based on the requirements of 40 CFR 35.4065, which lists criteria which must be met.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: As directed by statute (Section 117(e) of CERCLA, as amended by 42 USC 9617(e)) there may be only one grant per site, there is a $50,000 award limit unless waived, and recipient must contribute a 20 percent match (including in-kind contributions).
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
A grant may be available from the time a site is proposed for listing under the NCP (with a response action underway) until the site is delisted from the NPL - this time span varies based on the complexity of the site cleanup; a group may submit an LOI to apply for a TAG at any eligible site at any point in the site cleanup. For each award, the grant period is determined by the time needed to complete the scope of work stated in the grant application and through negotiations with EPA (this is generally a period of three years or greater). Grants under this CFDA are reimbursement-based; a grantee may draw down funds to cover grant-related expenses they have incurred (such as a technical advisor's invoice for services/expenses). See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded as a lump sum, however, the funds are released on a reimbursement basis (recipients draw down funds as costs are incurred).
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
No program reports are required. Federal Cash Transaction Reports (OMB SF272) are required of TAG grant recipients. 1) Progress reports. Each recipient shall submit quarterly progress reports to EPA for the technical assistance grant project 45 days after the end of each calendar quarter. Progress reports shall fully describe in chart or narrative format the progress achieved in relationship to the approved schedule, budget, and the technical assistance grant project milestones. Special problems encountered must be explained. 2) Financial status report. Each recipient shall submit to EPA a financial status report annually, within 90 days of the anniversary date of the start of the TAG project. These reports shall include the status of project's funds through identification of project transactions and within 90 days after the end of the TAG funding period. 3) Final report. Each recipient shall submit to EPA the final report within 90 days after the end of the project. The report shall describe project goals and objectives, activities undertaken to achieve goals and objectives, difficulties encountered, technical advisors' work products and funds spent. 4) Requests for Reimbursement or Federal Cash Transactions Reports. Depending on the method of payment, each recipient shall submit periodic requests for reimbursement as funds are needed, or shall submit to EPA a federal cash transaction report semiannually, within 15 working days following the end of the semiannual period which ends June 30 and December 31 of each year. These reports shall include the amount of funds advanced to the TAG recipient or electronically transferred to the TAG recipient's bank account, and a description of how the funds were spent. 5) Minority-Owned Business Enterprise/Women-Owned Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Utilization. Each recipient shall submit to EPA a MBE/WBE Utilization report annually, even if no contracts have been signed. Each recipient is required to disclose whether they have contracted with a MBE/WBE in the past Federal fiscal year, the value of the contract, if any, and the percentage of the total project dollars on MBE/WBEs. 6) Each recipient shall comply with any reporting requirements in the terms and conditions of the "grant agreement". 7) Each recipient shall comply with any reporting and record keeping requirements in OMB Circular A-122 and 40 CFR part 30. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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 (113):
1) Each recipient shall keep complete financial records accurately showing how the Federal funds were used and the match, whether it is in the form of cash or in-kind assistance. 2) Each recipient shall comply with any reporting and record keeping requirements of OMB Circular A-122 and 40 CFR part 30. 3) Each recipient must keep TAG financial records for ten years from the date of the final Financial Status Report, or until any audit, litigation, cost recovery, and/or disputes initiated before the end of the ten-year retention period are settled, whichever is longer. At the ten-year mark, the TAG financial records may be disposed of after first getting written approval to do so from the EPA. Alternately, a recipient may choose to submit financial records to the EPA for safekeeping when the final Financial Status Report is submitted. 4) Each recipient must send to EPA a copy of each final written product prepared by their technical advisor as part of the TAG. EPA will send the final written products to the local Superfund site information repository(ies) where all site-related documents are available to the public.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 12 $483,675; FY 13 est $60,000; and FY 14 est $300,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Initial awards for assistance agreements awarded under this CFDA number will not exceed $50,000. After the initial award, additional funding may be awarded based on the criteria detailed under 40 CFR 35.4065, and subject to the availability of funds. The average additional award is $40,000 (per agreement). Since 1988, 332 TAGs have been awarded. Of these, 199 grantees were awarded $50,000 or less; 78 grantees have received awards with a cumulative value between $51,000 and $150,000; 40 grantees have received awards with a cumulative value ranging between $151,000 and $250,000; and 15 grantees have received awards whose cumulative value totals of more than $250,000. The cumulative award value includes the initial award and any supplemental funding awards over the life of the agreement.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
40 CFR 31; 40 CFR Part 30; 40 CFR Part 35,( Subpart M); and TAG Program Guidance Documents.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Freya Margand; Community Involvement and Outreach Branch, Office of Superfund Remediation & Technology Innovation, Mail code: 5204P, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Ariel Rios Bldg., 1200 Pennsylvania Ave.; NW, Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (703) 603-8889. Fax: (703) 603-9102. E-mail address: margand.freya@epa.gov Questions may also be directed to the EPA Regional Office serving a particular state. All TAG paperwork should be submitted directly to the EPA Regional Office. A list of the Regions and their States, plus the name(s) and telephone number(s) for the Regional TAG contact can be found in Appendix IV of the CFDA. A list of EPA Regional TAG contacts can also be found at the web site address: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/community/tag/contacts.htm.
Headquarters Office (152):
Freya Margand, Community Involvement and Program Initiatives Branch, Office of Superfund Remediation & Technology Innovation, Mail code: 5204P, Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Bldg., 1200 Pennsylvania Ave.; NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: margand.freya@epa.gov Phone: (703) 603-8889.
Website Address (153):
http://www.epa.gov/superfund
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description are described in the programmatic regulations (40 CFR Part 35) as follow. In selecting a proposal: 1) EPA will determine if a group meets the following eligibility criteria: (a) The community group is a group of people who may be "affected" by a release or a threatened release at any facility listed on the NPL or proposed for listing under the NCP where a response action is underway; and (b) The group meets the minimum administrative and management capability requirements found in 40 CFR 30.21 by demonstrating they have or will have reliable procedures for record keeping and financial accountability related to managing the TAG. 2) EPA will also determine if there are factors which make the group ineligible. A group is ineligible if: (a) The group is a "potentially responsible party" (PRP), receives money or services from a PRP, or represents a PRP; (b) The group is "affiliated" with a national organization; (c) The group is an academic institution; (d) The group is a political subdivision; (e) The group was established or is presently sustained by any of the ineligible entities listed above; or (f) The group is not incorporated as a nonprofit organization for the specific purpose of representing affected people except as provided in 40 CFR 35.4045. 3) Once EPA determines if eligibility requirements have been met, the Agency considers whether and how successfully a group meets the following, equally weighted, criteria: (a) Representation of groups and individuals affected by the site; (b) The group's plans to use the services of a technical advisor throughout the Superfund response action; and (c) The group's ability and plan to inform others in the community of the information provided by the technical advisor. 4) Additionally, a group must incorporate as a nonprofit for the purpose of participating in decision making at the Superfund site for which the TAG was granted (for exception see 40 CFR 35.4045). Applicant groups should consult the Superfund TAG Handbooks, "Applying for a Grant" and "The Application Forms with Instructions," for detailed instructions on applying for a TAG.