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Surveys, Studies, Investigations and Special Purpose Grants

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To support surveys, studies and investigations, and special purpose assistance for the award of Congressional earmarks and multimedia grants only. Congressional earmarks are assistance agreements awarded in response to an action from Congress or a Congressional Committee as reflected in appropriation or authorizing legislation or applicable legislative history. Multimedia grants are assistance agreements that are awarded citing two or more environmental law statutes, appropriation legislation, or applicable legislative history as the statutory authority. Assistance agreements may be associated with (1) air quality, acid deposition, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides; (2) identifying, developing and demonstrating necessary pollution control techniques to prevent, reduce, and eliminate pollution; and (3) evaluating the economic and social consequences of alternative strategies and mechanisms for use by those in economic, social, governmental, and environmental management positions. Funding Priority Funding priorities include the following: (1) Provide States, Tribes and Intertribal Consortia with training opportunities to encourage program development and/or implementation of the Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST) program. (2) Provide States, Tribes and Intertribal Consortia with training opportunities to encourage program development and/or implementation of the Underground Storage Tanks (UST) program. (3) Provide state and tribal regulators with technical information on leaking underground storage tank (LUST) systems. (4) Provide state and tribal regulators with technical information on underground storage tank (UST) systems. (5) Partnering with states to provide technical assistance and forums for information exchanges; assisting States in developing their program capabilities to manage their LUST programs in the most efficient and effective manner possible. (6) Partnering with states to provide technical assistance and forums for information exchanges; assisting States in developing their program capabilities to manage their UST programs in the most efficient and effective manner possible. The Environmental Council of the States has requested $91,000 to provide state input into the Agency's strategic planning and budgeting process. This will establish a new cooperative agreement and will ultimately include up to $500,000 in funding over the period of the next two years. ECOS is exempt from competition as stated in the Agency's "Competition Policy" which was effective October 1, 2002. It is anticipated that the Agency will enter into agreements with ECOS for the following activities: (1) State and Federal Grants Officers Training. Jointly plan and undertake a session or sessions to share experiences about Performance Partnership Agreements and Grants, educate both State and Agency staff involved in these activities, thereby improving partnership operations and results. (2) State and Tribal Assistance for Results Program. Jointly plan and undertake a national meeting with the EPA Office of Compliance to provide grant recipients an opportunity to showcase the final results and environmental outcomes of their project(s) or demonstrate progress to date. The meeting would also provide grantees an opportunity to discuss lessons learned. (3) New State Environmental Commissioner Orientation. Jointly plan and undertake an orientation session for new State environmental commissioners. Topics would include ECOS operations, presentations from EPA offices dealing with State issues and opportunities for discussion. (4) One Cleanup Program. Jointly plan and undertake a discussion between EPA waste program leaders and State Commissioners about coordinating cleanups under various waste programs (RCRA corrective action, underground storage tanks, state clean up programs, etc.). As a followup, ECOS would query State programs for examples of