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Subject: [epa-water] Great Lakes Legacy Act--Request for Projects''
[Federal Register: July 11, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 132)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
``Great Lakes Legacy Act--Request for Projects''
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.
ACTION: Notice; funding availability.
SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Great Lakes
National Program Office (GLNPO) is requesting proposals for projects,
for up to $29,600,000, addressing contaminated sediment problems in
Great Lakes Areas of Concern located wholly or partially in the United
States (U.S. AOCs) as outlined in the Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2002
(the Legacy Act).
DATES: The deadline for all Project proposals is 5 p.m. Central Time,
September 15, 2006.
ADDRESSES: U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office (G-17J), 77 W.
Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marc Tuchman, 312-353-1369/ <A
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Request for Projects (RFP) is available
on the Internet at <A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/glla">
http://www.epa.gov/glla </A>. The purpose of this request
is to solicit project proposals that would help to implement the Great
Lakes Legacy Act. In order to receive funding under the Legacy Act,
projects must be located in one of the 31 U.S. Great Lakes AOCs. Top
priority will be given to projects that (1) Constitute remedial action
for contaminated sediment; (2) have been identified in a Remedial
Action Plan and are ready to be implemented; (3) use an innovative
approach, technology, or technique that may provide greater
environmental benefits, or equivalent environmental benefits at a
reduced cost; or (4) included remediation to be commenced not later
than one year after the date of receipt of funds for the project.
Remediation projects would include, but are not limited to, remedial
options such as: dredging, capping, monitored natural recovery,
treatment technologies, or a combination of remedial alternatives for
The next priority level would be given to projects that seek to
monitor or evaluate contaminated sediment or prevent further or renewed
contamination of sediment. These projects could include: site
characterizations, site assessments, source identification/source
control, monitoring, risk assessments, remedial alternatives
evaluations and short-term/long-term effects analyses.
The Legacy Act program is not a grant program, and it is not an
enforcement or regulatory program. The process for the selection of
Legacy Act projects is not a grants competition, but it is based on the
development of a negotiated Project Agreement (PA) between USEPA and
the non-federal sponsor. USEPA will consider projects based on the
extent to which they meet the requirements of the Legacy Act and the
The non-federal share of the cost of a project shall be at least
35% of the total project costs in those cases where no responsible
parties are clearly identified; when the non-federal sponsor is a
responsible party, USEPA will require a substantially higher
contribution (minimum of 40-50%). The non-federal sponsor is also
responsible for 100% of cost of operation and maintenance of the
project. The non-federal share may include the value of in-kind
services contributed by the non-federal sponsor, and may include funds
or in-kind services provided pursuant to an administrative order on
consent or a judicial consent decree. The non-federal share of the cost
of a project may not include any funds paid pursuant to, or the value
of any in-kind service performed under, a unilateral administrative
order or court order.
GLNPO will review Legacy Act project proposals as they are
received. GLNPO intends to enter into PA discussions with project
applicants that meet the required components outlined in the RFP, and
receive a high score (per the Legacy Act Rule), subject to the
availability of funds. Projects that result in a PA will be funded with
FY06 funds to the extent they are available. Other projects that result
in a PA will be dependent upon funding, if any, received for the Legacy
Act in FY07.
Refer to ``Final Rule: Implementation of the Great Lakes Legacy Act
of 2002'' at <A
for more detailed
information on EPA's process for identification, evaluation, selection,
and implementation of projects for funding under the Legacy Act.
Funding (through project agreements) is available pursuant to
section 118(c) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C.
1268(c)). States, tribes, industry, non-governmental organizations, and
other stakeholders are eligible to apply.
Dated: June 23, 2006.
Gary V. Gulezian,
Director, Great Lakes National Program Office.
[FR Doc. E6-10868 Filed 7-10-06; 8:45 am]
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