- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
The funds will be used for overseeing the assessment and cleanup of leaks from underground storage tanks or directly paying for assessment and cleanup of leaks from federally regulated tanks where the responsible party is unknown, unwilling, unable, or the clean up is an emergency response. States and territories will get $190.7 million of the total funding in the form of cooperative agreements to address shovel-ready sites within their jurisdictions. The EPA will use $6.3 million of the total funding to assess and clean up shovel-ready sites in Indian country. EPA regional underground storage tank programs will enter into cooperative agreements with states and territories in spring 2009. These cooperative agreements will include more detailed descriptions of state spending plans.
On Friday, the EPA's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) also announced plans to make available approximately $40 million in Recovery Act funding to supplement Revolving Loan Fund capitalization grants previously awarded competitively under section 104(k)(3) of CERCLA. Pilots awarded under section 104(d)(1) of CERCLA that have not transitioned to section 104(k)(3) grants are not eligible to apply for these funds. The EPA will award these funds under the criteria described below only to RLF grantees who have demonstrated an ability to deliver programmatic results by making at least one loan or subgrant and have effectively utilized existing available loan funds (high-performing RLF grantees). The agency is now accepting requests for Recovery Act supplemental funding from high-performing RLF grantees. Requests for funding must be submitted to the EPA Regional Contact by May 1, 2009. Specific information on submitting a request for Recovery Act RLF supplemental funding can be obtained by contacting the EPA regional contact.
President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on Feb. 17, 2009 and has directed that the Recovery Act be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability.