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CERCLA RESEARCH COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT
This request for proposals (RFP) solicits proposals from eligible entities to promote and stimulate research for use by state environmental officials to address Superfund policy and implementation issues of importance to states. The project will provide support for state participation in developing tools, procedures and guidance to promote efficient cleanup work by states under the Superfund program.
EPA is responsible for cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated land, and responding to environmental emergencies, oil spills and natural disasters. To protect public health and the environment, the Superfund program focuses on making a visible and lasting difference in communities, ensuring that people can live and work in healthy, vibrant places. Superfund is also the name of the fund established by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERCLA). It allows the EPA to clean up such sites and to compel responsible parties to perform cleanups or reimburse the government for EPA-lead cleanups.
EPA works closely with the states as we address contaminated sites, and needs to hear state concerns and perspectives to ensure that national regulations, policies, and programs reflect state input. While interaction occurs between each EPA regional office and the states and territories within that region as a part of day-to-day work, the national Superfund program greatly benefits from engagement of all states and territories when considering national level policies.
This research will foster the identification and resolution of current and emerging Superfund related issues that are important to state “co-regulators.” This research is important for several reasons. States play a critical role in the identification of contaminated sites, decisions to list sites on the National Priorities List, and cleanup decisions, and then assume the lead for O&M of remedies. When waste is left in place, O&M responsibilities include engineering and/or institutional controls requiring active maintenance, oversight, and enforcement. This research will identify and promote efficiencies that will assist EPA and states in working more effectively to manage their joint responsibilities, disseminate information from this research to states, in order to support fuller state participation in new Superfund program initiatives once implemented. In addition, EPA recognizes the role states play in Superfund cleanup enforcement. Through this new cooperative agreement, EPA seeks research to identify opportunities within its cleanup enforcement program to strengthen partnerships with states through consultation, collaboration, and shared accountability.
Deadline: Jan. 20, 2017
Assistance under this program is generally available to States, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and individuals. In some instances, EPA will consider applications from profit makers, proposing projects with significant technical merit and relevance to EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management. Nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.