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

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 2015: 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.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: 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.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: 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.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2018: 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.
Examples of Funded Projects

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

Freya Margand; Community Involvement and Outreach Branch, Office of Superfund Remediation & Technology Innovation, Mail code: 5204P, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency; 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 supporting a particular Superfund site.

All TAG paperwork should be submitted directly to the EPA Regional Office.

TAGs are awarded by Regional EPA Offices.

For questions related to TAGs for a specific site or for application assistance, contact the EPA TAG Coordinator for your region, as follows: Serving: ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT and Tribal Nations; Robert Shewack, EPA Region 1 (MC: OSRR01-5), 5 Post Office Square Suite 100, Boston, MA 02109-3912.

Phone: (617) 918-1428.

Email: shewack.robert@epa.gov Serving: NY, NJ, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Trial Nations; Arlene Chin, EPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 26th floor, New York, NY 10007-1866. Phone: (212) 637-3408.

Email: chin.arlene@epa.gov Serving: PA, DE, DC, MD, VA and WV; Gina Soscia, EPA Region 3, 1650 Arch Street(3HS52),Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Phone:(215) 814-5538.

Email: soscia.gina@epa.gov Serving: KY, TN, NC, SC, MS, AL, GA, FL and Tribal Nations: Jackie Dendy, EPA Region 4,61 Forsyth Street S.W., 11TH FL, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Phone: (404) 562-8876.

Email: dendy.jackie@epa.gov Serving: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI and Tribal Nations; Susan Pastor,EPA Region 5 (SI-7J),77 W.

Jackson Blvd,Chicago, IL 60604-3507.Phone: (312) 353-1325.

Email: pastor.susan@epa.gov Serving: NM, TX, OK, AR, LA and Tribal Nations; Janetta Coats,EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue (6SF-VO),Dallas, Texas 75202.Phone: (214) 665-7308.

Email: coats.janetta@epa.gov Serving: NE, KS, IA, MO and Tribal Nations; Brendan Corazzin, EPA Region 7, 11201 Renner Blvd,Lenexa, KS 66219.

Phone: (913) 551-7429.

Email: corazzin.brendan@epa.gov Serving: MT, ND, WY, SD, UT, CO and Tribal Nations;Sisay Ashenafi, EPA Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202.

Phone: (303) 312-6138.

Email: ashenafi.sisay@epa.gov Serving: CA, NV, AZ, HI, U. S. Pacific Territories and Tribal Nations; Jackie Lane, EPA Region 9, 75 Hawthorne Street (SFD-6-3), San Francisco, CA 94105-3901.

Phones: (415) 972-3226.

Email: lane.jackie@epa.gov Serving: WA, OR, ID, AK and Tribal Nations; Julie Congdon, EPA Region 10, 1200 6th Ave (Ste.

900), Seattle, WA 98101.

Phone: (206) 553-2752.

Email: congdon.julie@epa.gov A list of the Regions and their States, plus the name(s) and telephone number(s) for the Regional TAG contact can be found by clicking the 'Contact Us' tab on EPA's TAG web page, https://www.epa.gov/superfund/technical-assistance-grant-tag-program.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Blackstone River Watershed Council/friends Of The Blackstones $ 75,000   2010-11-012022-10-31
Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force Of Gratiot County Inc $ 150,000   2009-10-012022-09-30
Darby Creek Valley Association $ 150,000   2005-04-182022-04-16
Pacific Studies Center $ 161,000   2007-06-182021-12-31
Power Action Group $ 100,000   2013-09-302021-10-02
Superior Technical Assistance Committee $ 150,000   2010-09-012021-09-30
Friends Of Great Salt Lake $ 100,000   2013-10-012021-09-30
Great Swamp Watershed Association $ 50,000   2019-10-012021-09-30
Memphis Town Community Action Group $ 25,000   2012-07-012021-09-30
Willamette River Advocacy Group $ 25,000   2018-08-012021-07-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Since the program began on March 24, 1988, through September 30, 2016, 343 TAG awards have been issued by EPA, totaling almost $30,800,000 (including new awards, additional funds, waivers and deviations). In most cases, EPA receives only one application for a site and in most cases an award is made. EPA did not receive any Letters of Intent (LOIs) from eligible community groups in FY 2016. Therefore, no new TAG awards were made in FY 2016. However, ten supplemental funding awards were made to existing grantees, totaling $305,000. The grant includes an outreach component wherein the grantee helps to educate the broader community on issues related to the site cleanup. Under this grant, grantees have developed community newsletters, developed web sites, conducted community meetings to help other community members better understand technical information related to the site cleanup and to better respond to site-related technical documents during public comment periods. Technical comments provided to EPA under this grant assist EPA in meeting Superfund strategic targets of identifying and controlling unacceptable human exposures from site contamination; monitoring and controlling migration of contaminated ground water; and identifying a final remedy suitable for stated reuse (under Goal 3.2.2 of EPA's Strategic Plan). Fiscal Year 2017: Since the program began on March 24, 1988, through September 30, 2016, 343 TAG awards have been issued by EPA, totaling more than $31,000,000 (including new awards, additional funds, waivers and deviations). In most cases, EPA receives only one application for a site and in most cases an award is made. EPA did not award any new TAGs in FY 2016. However, seven supplemental funding awards were made to existing grantees, totaling $287,000. The grant includes an outreach component wherein the grantee helps to educate the broader community on issues related to the site cleanup. Under this grant, grantees have developed community newsletters, developed web sites, conducted community meetings to help other community members better understand technical information related to the site cleanup and to better respond to site-related technical documents during public comment periods. Technical comments provided to EPA under this grant assist EPA in meeting Superfund strategic targets of identifying and controlling unacceptable human exposures from site contamination; monitoring and controlling migration of contaminated ground water; and identifying a final remedy suitable for stated reuse (under Goal 3.2.2 of EPA's Strategic Plan). Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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 2 CFR 200 Subpart E (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.

Generally, this program makes Federal awards on a discretionary basis.

For further information, please contact the Headquarters or regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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 2 CFR 200 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

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

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 covered under 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 subject to the provisions of CFR Parts 1500.

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.

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

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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 required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

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

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, Public Law 99-499, 42 U.S.C 9617; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, Section 117(e), Public Law 96-510.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Generally from 5 to 9 weeks.

Appeals

Per TAG regulations, disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, 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, 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.

Renewals

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 Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

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. Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

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). 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.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

Federal Cash Transaction Reports (OMB SF272) are required of TAG grant recipients.

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. 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. Minority-Owned Business Enterprise/Women-Owned Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Utilization Report: 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'. Each recipient shall comply with any reporting and record keeping requirements in CFR 200 and EPA's implementing regulations at 2 CFR 1500.

A Financial Status Report is due annually, within 90 days after the start of the TAG project.

A Final Financial Status Report is due within 90 days after the end of the TAG funding period.

The reports should include a status of the TAG funds and identify project transactions.

No performance monitoring is required.

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.

Records

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 2 CFR 200 and EPA's implementing regulations at 2 CFR 1500. 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

Account Identification

68-8145-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $305,000; FY 17 est $300,000; and FY 18 est $200,000 - (Includes initial awards and additional funds) In FY 2016, $305,000 was awarded. It is estimated that $300,000 will be awarded in FY 2017 and $200,000 in FY 2018.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

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, 343 TAGs have been awarded. Of these, 195 grantees were awarded $50,000 or less; 92 grantees have received awards with a cumulative value between $51,000 and $150,000; 41 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.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR Parts 200 and 1500; 40 CFR Part 35,( Subpart M); and TAG Program Guidance Documents.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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; 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 supporting a particular Superfund site. All TAG paperwork should be submitted directly to the EPA Regional Office. TAGs are awarded by Regional EPA Offices. For questions related to TAGs for a specific site or for application assistance, contact the EPA TAG Coordinator for your region, as follows: Serving: ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT and Tribal Nations; Robert Shewack, EPA Region 1 (MC: OSRR01-5), 5 Post Office Square Suite 100, Boston, MA 02109-3912. Phone: (617) 918-1428. Email: shewack.robert@epa.gov Serving: NY, NJ, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Trial Nations; Arlene Chin, EPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 26th floor, New York, NY 10007-1866. Phone: (212) 637-3408. Email: chin.arlene@epa.gov Serving: PA, DE, DC, MD, VA and WV; Gina Soscia, EPA Region 3, 1650 Arch Street(3HS52),Philadelphia, PA 19103. Phone:(215) 814-5538. Email: soscia.gina@epa.gov Serving: KY, TN, NC, SC, MS, AL, GA, FL and Tribal Nations: Jackie Dendy, EPA Region 4,61 Forsyth Street S.W., 11TH FL, Atlanta, GA 30303. Phone: (404) 562-8876. Email: dendy.jackie@epa.gov Serving: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI and Tribal Nations; Susan Pastor,EPA Region 5 (SI-7J),77 W. Jackson Blvd,Chicago, IL 60604-3507.Phone: (312) 353-1325. Email: pastor.susan@epa.gov Serving: NM, TX, OK, AR, LA and Tribal Nations; Janetta Coats,EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue (6SF-VO),Dallas, Texas 75202.Phone: (214) 665-7308. Email: coats.janetta@epa.gov Serving: NE, KS, IA, MO and Tribal Nations; Brendan Corazzin, EPA Region 7, 11201 Renner Blvd,Lenexa, KS 66219. Phone: (913) 551-7429. Email: corazzin.brendan@epa.gov Serving: MT, ND, WY, SD, UT, CO and Tribal Nations;Sisay Ashenafi, EPA Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202. Phone: (303) 312-6138. Email: ashenafi.sisay@epa.gov Serving: CA, NV, AZ, HI, U.S. Pacific Territories and Tribal Nations; Jackie Lane, EPA Region 9, 75 Hawthorne Street (SFD-6-3), San Francisco, CA 94105-3901. Phones: (415) 972-3226. Email: lane.jackie@epa.gov Serving: WA, OR, ID, AK and Tribal Nations; Julie Congdon, EPA Region 10, 1200 6th Ave (Ste. 900), Seattle, WA 98101. Phone: (206) 553-2752. Email: congdon.julie@epa.gov A list of the Regions and their States, plus the name(s) and telephone number(s) for the Regional TAG contact can be found by clicking the 'Contact Us' tab on EPA's TAG web page, https://www.epa.gov/superfund/technical-assistance-grant-tag-program.

Headquarters Office

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.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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 2 CFR 200 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.



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