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66.812 Hazardous Waste Management Grants for Tribes




Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies Appropriation Act, Public Law 105-276; 112 Stat. 2461, 2499 (1998).
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The purpose of the Hazardous Waste Management Grant Program for Tribes is to provide financial assistance to Tribal governments and Intertribal Consortia for the development and implementation of programs to manage hazardous waste; including building capacity to improve and maintain regulatory compliance, and developing solutions to address hazardous waste mismanagement impacting Tribal lands. Fiscal year 2002 funding priorities include support for Tribes potentially affected by regulated RCRA "Treatment Storage and Disposal Facilities" and "Large Quantity Generators."


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This grant program will support Tribal programs to manage hazardous waste. These programs should improve the applicant's ability to properly identify, manage, or dispose of hazardous waste. All hazardous waste management program activities that address the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C "cradle to grave" approach are eligible. Assistance will be provided under this program only for activities which the agency determines are appropriate to carry out the purposes of RCRA.


Applicant Eligibility:   The following are eligible to receive financial assistance: (a) an Indian tribal government; and (b) an intertribal consortium or consortia. An Indian tribal government is any tribe, band nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation (as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, 43 U.S.C. 1601, et seq.), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as eligible for the special services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. A consortium is a partnership between two or more Indian tribal governments authorized by the governing bodies of those tribes to apply for and receive assistance under this program and that meet the requirements of 40 CFR 35.504.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Intertribal Consortia that meet the requirements of 40 CFR 35.504.

Credentials/Documentation:   This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-87.

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Pre-application Coordination:   Potential applicants should consult the designated Regional Tribal hazardous waste program coordinator. It is strongly suggested that potential applicants consult with the designated Regional point of contact. Copies of the document "Hazardous Waste Management Grant Program for Tribes: Guidance for Applicants" (revised annually) are available from the designated Regional program contact. This program is excluded from coverage E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   EPA awards grants under this program based on proposals received through the appropriate Regional Office. The annual "Hazardous Waste Management Grant Program for Tribes: Guidance for Applicants" document outlines specific procedures for submitting grant proposals.

Award Procedure:   Grant proposals are reviewed by the appropriate Regional Office and EPA's Office of Solid Waste. EPA will evaluate each application in relation to the guidance document. Applicants whose proposals are selected for funding are then invited to develop official grant applications using the "Application for Federal Assistance: State and Local Non-Construction Programs" (Standard Form 424). Generally, grants are managed by EPA Regional Offices.

Deadlines:   Contact the Regional Office for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals:   40 CFR Part 31.

Renewals:   In order to receive renewals, significant progress on previously awarded grant must be demonstrated.


Formula and Matching Requirements:   This program has no statutory allotment formulas. This program has no matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   The terms of the grant shall be determined at the time of the grant award. Grants will not exceed five years.


Reports:   Grantees must provide financial and performance activity reports according to the terms negotiated with the Regional program.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:   Records and accounts must be maintained to reflect the operations of the project. Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.


Account Identification:   68-0108-0-1-304.

Obligations:   (State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG)) FY 01 $0; FY 02 est $300,000; and FY 03 est $300,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
Range = $18,000 to $100,000; Average = $56,000.

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In fiscal year 2001, 8 tribal programs were awarded totaling $375,000.


Environmental Program Grants for Tribes (40 CFR Part 35, Subpart B), Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments (40 CFR Part 31), and on line resources at: Contact designated Regional program coordinator for other documents, including the "Hazardous Waste Management Grant Program for Tribes: Guidance for Applicants".


Regional or Local Office:   See Regional Agency Offices. Designated Regional Tribal Hazardous Waste Management Program Contacts: Region, Address, Name, E-mail Address, Phone, Fax. Region I, U.S. EPA, 1 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02114-2023, Juiyu Hsieh,, (617) 918-1302,(617) 918-1646. Region II, U.S. EPA, 290 Broadway, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10007-1886, David Abrines,,(212) 637-3043,(212) 637-4437. Region IV, U.S. EPA, Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30303, Davy Simonson,,(404) 562-8457, (404) 562-8439. Region V, U.S. EPA, 77 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604, Dolly Tong,, (312) 886-1019,(312) 353-6519. Region VI, U.S. EPA, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202-2733, Nick Stone (Technical),, Cheryl M. Scott(Grants),, (214) 665-7226, (214) 665-7216, (214) 665-2179, (214) 665-2118. Region VII, U.S. EPA, 901 N. 5th Street, Kansas City, KS 66101, Gayle Hubert,, (913) 551-7439,(913) 551-9669. Region VIII, U.S. EPA, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Mail Code: 8P-HW, Denver, CO 80202-1129, Susanna Trujillo,, (303) 312-7008, (303) 312-6341. Region IX, U.S. EPA, 75 Hawthorne Street, Mail Code: WST-7, San Francisco, CA 94105, Jenny Stephenson,, (415) 972-3429,(415) 947-3530. Region X, U.S. EPA, 1200 6th Avenue, Mail Code: WCM-128; Seattle, WA 98101, Fran Stefan,, (206) 553-6639, (206) 553-8509.

Headquarters Office:   Denise Roy, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., (5303P), Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: Phone: (703) 308 8458.

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The following activities are suggestive and do not limit the range of activities considered eligible under this grant program. These activities are eligible only when they are performed in support of developing and implementing a tribal program to manage hazardous waste: (1) Develop and implement codes, regulations, and ordinances to regulate hazardous waste management activities including generators, transporters, and treatment, storage and disposal facilities; and policies and guidance consistent with national standards to direct regulatory operations; (2) Develop and implement hazardous waste program enforcement policies and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance, including monitoring and inspection schemes; (3) Develop legal and administrative infrastructure adequate to implement and maintain regulatory and/or non-regulatory hazardous waste management programs. Includes support for Tribal Emergency Response Committees (TERC); (4) Identify and assess hazardous waste generation and ongoing management of concern to the community, including: (a) inventory active and inactive hazardous waste dump/disposal sites and assess contamination potential; (b) characterize hazardous waste stream, including illegal dump-sites; and (c) identify sensitive hazardous waste sites with potential or actual impacts on water bodies, soil, air, cultural/historic resources, threatened or endangered species, etc. (5) Develop and implement tribal integrated hazardous waste management plans (including, but not limited to, source reduction/recycling, household hazardous waste collection programs, pesticide container collection); (6) Implement used oil collection/re- use and other programs to reduce the mismanagement of hazardous waste in the community; (7) Develop outreach/education documents and other resource materials; (8) Plan and conduct hazardous waste management training; (9) Establish qualifications for hazardous waste management personnel relative to the tribe's needs and plan for program implementation; (10) Establish a communications plan for hazardous waste management program activities; (11) Identify multi-jurisdictional opportunities for hazardous waste management, including feasibility for intergovernmental (Tribal, Federal, State, local) cooperative efforts.


Defined by the "Hazardous Waste Management Grant Program for Tribes: Guidance for Applicants".

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