FYI; From Jack Ware
>[Federal Register: October 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 197)]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
>ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
>Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability
>Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 104; ``Announcement of Proposal
>Deadline for the Competition for the FY 2001 Brownfields Cleanup
>Revolving Loan Fund Pilots''
>AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.
>ACTION: Notice of proposal deadlines, revised guidelines.
>SUMMARY: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will
>begin to accept proposals for the FY 2001 Brownfields Cleanup Revolving
>Loan Fund Pilots on October 11, 2000. The Brownfields Cleanup Revolving
>Loan Fund pilots (each may be funded up to $1,000,000) to test cleanup
>and redevelopment planning models, direct special efforts toward
>removing regulatory barriers without sacrificing protectiveness, and
>facilitate coordinated public and private environmental cleanup and
>redevelopment efforts. EPA expects to select up to 35 additional
>Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund pilots by March 2001. The
>deadline for new proposals for the FY 2000 Brownfields Cleanup
>Revolving Loan Fund pilots is December 18, 2000. Proposals must be
>postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) by December 18, 2000, and
>sent to U.S. EPA Headquarters. In addition, duplicate copies of the
>proposal must also be submitted to the appropriate U.S. EPA Regional
>Office, ATTN: Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Coordinator.
> The Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund pilot proposals are
>selected on a competitive basis. To ensure a fair selection process,
>evaluation panels consisting of EPA Regional and Headquarters staff and
>other federal agency representatives will assess how well the proposals
>meet the selection criteria outlined in the newly revised guidelines,
>entitled The Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative: Proposal
>Guidelines for Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (September
>DATES: All proposals must be postmarked by USPS or sent to U.S. EPA
>Headquarters and a duplicate copy sent to the appropriate U.S. EPA
>Regional Office via registered or tracked mail no later than December
>ADDRESSES: BCRLF guidelines can be obtained by calling the Superfund
>Hotline at the following numbers:
>Washington, DC Metro Area at 703-412-9810
>Outside Washington, DC Metro at 1-800-424-9346
>TDD for the Hearing Impaired at 1-800-553-7672
>Copies of the Proposal Guidelines for Brownfields Cleanup Revolving
>Loan Fund are available via the Internet: <A
>FOR</A> FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The U.S. EPA's Office of Solid Waste
>and Emergency Response, Outreach and Special Projects Staff, Barbara
>Bassuener (202) 260-9347 or Jennifer Millett Wilbur (202) 260-6454.
>SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
>Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative is designed to empower
>states, local governments, communities, and other stakeholders involved
>in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to
>prevent, assess, and safely cleanup brownfields in order to facilitate
>their sustainable reuse. As part of this Initiative, EPA has awarded
>cooperative agreements to States, political subdivisions (including
>cities, towns, counties), and Indian tribes to capitalize Brownfields
>Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund pilots. The purpose of these pilots is to
>test brownfields cleanup revolving loan fund models that direct special
>efforts toward facilitating coordinated public and private brownfields
> In FY 2001, the EPA expects to select up to 35 new BCRLF pilots to
>be funded up to $1,000,000 per eligible entity by the end of March
> Eligible entities for FY 2001 BCRLF pilots will be states,
>political subdivisions, or federally recognized Indian Tribes that have
>established and can demonstrate progress already made in the
>assessment, cleanup and revitalization of brownfields in their
>community, State or Tribe.
> Coalitions of eligible entities are permitted to apply, but a
>single entity must be identified as the applicant. Additionally, a
>letter of support from each coalition member must be included as an
> Applicants must demonstrate through their proposal: (1) an existing
>commitment to brownfields; (2) an ability to manage a revolving loan
>fund and environmental cleanups; (3) a need for cleanup funds; (4)
>commitment to making loans and to creative leveraging of EPA funds with
>public-private partnerships and in-kind services (matching funds are
>not required); and (5) a clear plan for sustaining the environmental
>protection and related economic development activities initiated
>through the BCRLF program. The eligible entities must meet EPA's
>threshold and evaluation criteria. There is no guarantee of an award.
>Also, the size of the awards may vary (for example, from $350,000 to
>$1,000,000 per eligible entity), depending on the proposal's responses
>to the evaluation criteria.
> Funding for the Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund pilots is
>authorized under Section 104(d)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental
>Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended, (CERCLA
>or Superfund), 42 U.S.C. 9604(d)(1).
> The Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally provides
>that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule
>must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, to each
>House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United
>States. EPA will submit a report containing this action and other
>required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of
>Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior
>to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. A Major rule cannot
>take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal
>Register. This action is not a ``major rule'' as defined by 5 U.S.C.
>804(2). This rule will be effective on October 11, 2000.
> Dated: October 3, 2000.
>Director, Outreach and Special Projects Staff, Office of Solid Waste
>and Emergency Response.
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