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Notice of Availability of Regional Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) Grants

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

EPA is announcing the availability of approximately $497 thousand in fiscal year 2002 grant/cooperative agreement funds under section 20 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) as amended. This funding is for grants to States and federally recognized Native American Tribes for research, public education, training, monitoring, demonstrations, and studies that advance pesticide risk reduction.

DATES:

Applications must be received by the appropriate EPA Regional Office May 27, 2002. EPA will make its award decisions by July 10, 2002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Your EPA Regional PESP Coordinator listed under Unit V.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

This action is directed to the public in general but will be of particular interest to eligible applicants who include the 50 States, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a State including State universities, and all federally recognized Native American tribes. Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action.

If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult your EPA Regional PESP Coordinator listed under Unit V.

B. How Can I Get Additional Information, Including Copies of this Document and Other Related Documents?

1. Electronically. You may obtain electronic copies of this document from the EPA Internet Home Page at http://www.epa.gov/​. To access this document, on the Home Page select “Laws and Regulations,” “Regulations and Proposed Rules,” and then look up the entry for this document under the “Federal Register—Environmental Documents.” You can also go directly to the Federal Register listings at http://www.epa.gov/​fedrgstr/​. Additional information is available on EPA's PESP website at http://www.epa.gov/​oppbppd1/​PESP/​regional_​grants.htm.

2. By mail or in person. Contact your EPA Regional PESP Coordinator listed under Unit V.

II. Availability of FY'02 Funds

With this publication, EPA is announcing the availability of approximately $497 thousand in grant/cooperative agreement funds for FY'02. The Agency has delegated grant making authority to the EPA Regional Offices.

III. Eligible Applicants

In accordance with the Act, “. . . Federal agencies, universities, or others as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of the act, . . .'' are eligible to receive funding. Restrictions on the funds appropriated for this program limit the eligible applicants to the 50 States, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a State including State universities, and all federally recognized Native American Tribes. The term “State” in this notice refers to all eligible applicants.

Local governments, private universities, private nonprofit entities, private businesses, and individuals are not eligible. EPA encourages organizations excluded from applying directly are encouraged to work with eligible applicants in developing proposals that include them as participants in the projects. Contact your EPA Regional PESP Coordinator for assistance in identifying and contacting eligible applicants.

IV. Activities and Criteria

A. Activities

The goal of PESP is to reduce the risks associated with pesticide use in agricultural and non-agricultural settings in the United States. The purpose of the grant program is to support projects that address this goal. Pesticide pollution prevention, integrated pest management (IPM), IPM in schools, children's health issues related to pesticides, and those research methods for documenting IPM adoption or the reduction of risks associated with changes in pesticide use will receive priority consideration. Other projects will be considered as they complement these goals through public education, training, monitoring, demonstrations, and other activities.

EPA specifically seeks to build State and local IPM capacities or to evaluate the economic feasibility of new IPM approaches at the state level (i.e., innovative approaches and methodologies that use application or other strategies to reduce the risks associated with pesticide use). State projects might focus on, for example:Start Printed Page 16107

  • Researching the effectiveness of multimedia communication activities for, including but not limited to: Promoting local IPM activities, providing technical assistance to pesticide users; collecting and analyzing data to target outreach and technical assistance opportunities; developing measures to determine and document progress in pollution prevention; and identifying regulatory and non-regulatory barriers or incentives to pollution prevention.
  • Researching methods for establishing IPM as an environmental management priority, establishing prevention goals, developing strategies to meet those goals, and integrating the ethic within both governmental and non-governmental institutions of the State or region.
  • Initiating research or other projects that test and support: innovative techniques for reducing pesticide risk or using pesticides in a way to reduce risk, and innovative application techniques to reduce worker and environmental exposure.

A list of projects funded since FY 1998 may be obtained at http://www.epa.gov/​oppbppd1/​PESP/​regional_​grants.htm or from your Regional PESP Coordinator.

B. Criteria

EPA Regional Offices are responsible for the solicitation, screening, and selection of proposals for funding a generic request for proposal will be available on EPA's website on or before April 11, 2002 at http://www.epa.gov/​oppbppd1/​PESP/​regional_​grants.htm. Interested applicants must contact the appropriate EPA Regional PESP Coordinator to obtain specific instructions, Regional criteria, guidance, and format for submitting proposals. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1. Qualifications and experience of the applicant relative to the proposed project.

  • Does the applicant demonstrate experience in the field of the proposed activity?
  • Does the applicant have the properly trained staff, facilities, or infrastructure in place to conduct the project?

2. Consistency of proposal with the risk reduction goals of PESP.

3. Does the project provide for a quantitative or qualitative evaluation of achieving the stated goals.

  • Is the project designed in such a way that it is possible to measure and document the results quantitatively and qualitatively?
  • Does the applicant identify the method that will be used to measure and document the results quantitatively and qualitatively?

4. Likelihood the project can be replicated to benefit other communities or the product may have broad utility to a widespread audience. Can this project, taking into account typical staff and financial restraints, be replicated by similar organizations in different locations to address the same or similar problem?

C. Program Management

The awarding of FY'02 funds will be managed through the EPA Regional Offices. Quality Assurance/Quality Control plans may be required, depending on the nature of the project and the data collected. Contact your Regional PESP Coordinator for more information about this requirement.

V. Regional PESP Coordinators

Region I (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)

Andrea Szylvian, 1 Congress St., Suite 1100 (CPT), Boston, MA 02114-2023. Telephone: (617) 918-1198, e-mail: szylvian.andrea@epa.gov.

Region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)

Tara Masters, Raritan Depot, 2890 Woodbridge Ave (MS-500), Edison, NJ 08837-3679. Telephone: (732) 906-6183, e-mail: masters.tara@epa.gov.

Region III (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, District of Columbia)

Fatima El-Abdaoui, 1650 Arch St. (3WC32), Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029. Telephone: (215) 814-2129, e-mail: el-abdaoui.fatima@epa.gov.

Region IV (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)

Troy Pierce, 61 Forsyth St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303-8960. Telephone: (404) 562-9016, e-mail: pierce.troy@epa.gov.

Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin)

Heather McDonald, 77 W Jackson Blvd (DT-8J), Chicago, IL 60604-3507. Telephone: (312) 886-3572, e-mail: mcdonald.heather@epa.gov.

Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)

Jerry Collins, 1445 Ross Ave., Suite 1200 (6PD-P), Dallas, TX 75202-2733. Telephone: (214) 665-7562, e-mail: collins.jerry@epa.gov.

Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska)

Brad Horchem, 901 N 5th St., (WWPDPEST), Kansas City, KS 66101. Telephone: (913) 551-7137, e-mail: horchem.brad@epa.gov.

Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming)

Peg Perreault, 999 18th St., Suite 300, (8P-P3T), Denver, CO 80202-2466. Telephone: (303) 312-6286, e-mail: perreault.peg@epa.gov.

Region IX (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam)

Paul Feder, 75 Hawthorne St (CMD-1), San Francisco, CA 94105, Telephone: (415) 947-4160, e-mail: feder.paul@epa.gov.

Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington)

Karl Arne, 1200 6th Ave (ECO-084), Seattle, WA 98101. Telephone: (206) 553-2576, e-mail: arne.karl@epa.gov.

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Dated: March 28, 2002.

Janet L. Andersen,

Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

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[FR Doc. 02-8156 Filed 4-3-02 8:45 am]

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