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FY2017 Supplemental Funding for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grantees

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice of the availability of funds.

SUMMARY:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to make available approximately $13 million to provide supplemental funds to Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) capitalization grants previously awarded competitively under section 104(k)(3) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund pilots awarded under section 104(d)(1) of CERCLA that have not transitioned to section 104(k)(3) grants are not eligible to apply for these funds. EPA will consider awarding supplemental funding only to RLF grantees who have demonstrated an ability to deliver programmatic results by making at least one loan or subgrant. The award of these funds is based on the criteria described at CERCLA 104(k)(4)(A)(ii).

The Agency is now accepting requests for supplemental funding from RLF grantees. Requests for funding must be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Brownfields Coordinator (listed below) by March 1, 2017. Funding requests for hazardous substances and/or petroleum funding will be accepted. Specific information on submitting a request for RLF supplemental funding is described below and additional information may be obtained by contacting the EPA Regional Brownfields Coordinator.

DATES:

This action is effective January 19, 2017.

ADDRESSES:

A request for supplemental funding must be in the form of a letter addressed to the appropriate Regional Brownfields Coordinator (see listing below) with a copy to Pankaj Arora, arora.pankaj@epa.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Pankaj Arora, U.S. EPA, (202) 566-1388 or the appropriate Brownfields Regional Coordinator.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act added section 104(k) to CERCLA to authorize federal financial assistance for brownfields revitalization, including grants for assessment, cleanup and job training. Section 104(k) includes a provision for EPA to, among other things, award grants to eligible entities to capitalize Revolving Loan Funds and to provide loans and subgrants for brownfields cleanup. Section 104(k)(4)(A)(ii) authorizes EPA to make additional grant funds available to RLF grantees for any year after the year for which the initial grant is made (noncompetitive RLF supplemental funding) taking into consideration:

(I) The number of sites and number of communities that are addressed by the revolving loan fund;

(II) the demand for funding by eligible entities that have not previously received a grant under this subsection;

(III) the demonstrated ability of the eligible entity to use the revolving loan fund to enhance remediation and provide funds on a continuing basis; and

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Eligibility

In order to be considered for supplemental funding, grantees must demonstrate that they have significantly depleted funds (both EPA grant funding and any available pre- or post-closeout program income) and that they have a clear plan for quickly utilizing requested additional funds. Grantees must demonstrate that they have made at least one loan or subgrant prior to applying for this supplemental funding and have significantly depleted existing available funds. For FY2017, EPA defines “significantly depleted funds” as $400,000 or less remaining unliquidated obligations from all of the EPA RLF grant funding and available pre- or post-closeout program income from all the open or closed EPA RLF grants. Additionally, the RLF recipient must have demonstrated a need for supplemental funding based on, among other factors, the number of sites that will be addressed; demonstrated the ability to make loans and subgrants for cleanups that can be started and completed expeditiously (i.e., “shovel-ready” projects) and will lead to redevelopment; demonstrated the existence of additional leveraged funds to complete the project in a timely manner and move quickly from cleanup to redevelopment, including the use of tax incentives such as new market tax credits, direct funding or other resources to advance the project to completion; demonstrated the ability to administer and revolve the capitalization funding in the RLF grant; demonstrated an ability to use the RLF grant to address funding gaps for cleanup; and demonstrated that they have provided a community benefit from past and potential loan(s) and/or subgrant(s). Special consideration may be given to those communities affected by plant closures or other economic disruptions; can demonstrate projects that have a clear prospect of aiding the in-sourcing of manufacturing capacity and keeping and/or adding jobs, or otherwise creating jobs, in the affected area; or will benefit a community that has been identified as part of EPA's Cross Agency Strategy on Working to Make a Visible Difference in Communities. EPA encourages innovative approaches to maximizing revolving and leveraging with other funds, including use of grants funds as a loan loss guarantee, combining with other government or private sector lending resources. Applicants for supplemental funding must contact the appropriate Regional Brownfields Coordinator below to obtain information on the format for supplemental funding applications for their region. When requesting supplemental funding, applicants must specify whether they are seeking funding for sites contaminated by hazardous substances or petroleum. Applicants may request both types of funding.

Regional Contacts

RegionStatesAddress/phone number/email
EPA Region 1, Frank Gardner, Gardner.Frank@epa.govCT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3912, Phone (617) 918-1278, Fax (617) 918-0278.
EPA Region 2, Benny Hom, Hom.Benny@epa.govNJ, NY, PR, VI290 Broadway, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone (212) 637-3964, Fax (212) 637-3083.
EPA Region 3, Tom Stolle, Stolle.Tom@epa.govDE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV1650 Arch Street, Mail Code 3HS51, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2029, Phone (215) 814-3129, Fax (215) 814-3015.
EPA Region 4, Wanda Jennings, Jennings.Wanda@epa.govAL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TNAtlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street SW., 10th Fl., Atlanta, GA 30303-8960, Phone (404) 562-8682, Fax (404) 562-8761.
EPA Region 5, Keary Cragan, Cragan.Keary@epa.govIL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI77 West Jackson Boulevard, Mail Code SB-5J, Chicago, Illinois 60604-3507, Phone (312) 353-5669, Fax (312) 886-7190.
EPA Region 6, Mary Kemp, Kemp.Mary@epa.govAR, LA, NM, OK, TX1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200 (6SF-PB), Dallas, Texas 75202-2733, Phone (214) 665-8358, Fax (214) 665-6660.
EPA Region 7, Susan Klein, R7_Brownfields@epa.govIA, KS, MO, NE11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, Kansas 66219, Phone (913) 551-7786, Fax (913) 551-8688.
EPA Region 8, Ted Lanzano, Lanzano.Ted@epa.govCO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY1595 Wynkoop Street (EPR-B), Denver, CO 80202-1129, Phone (303) 312-6596, Fax (303) 312-6065.
EPA Region 9, Noemi Emeric-Ford, Emeric-Ford.Noemi@epa.govAZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU75 Hawthorne Street, WST-8, San Francisco, CA 94105, Phone (213) 244-1821, Fax (415) 972-3364.
EPA Region 10, Susan Morales, Morales.Susan@epa.govAK, ID, OR, WA1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, Mailstop: ECL-112 Seattle, WA 98101, Phone (206) 553-7299, Fax (206) 553-0124.
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Dated: January 3, 2017.

David R. Lloyd,

Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Office of Land and Emergency Management.

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[FR Doc. 2017-00448 Filed 1-18-17; 8:45 am]

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