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Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Cooperative Agreements

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Possible uses and use restrictions...

For site specific projects, the site must meet the definition of a brownfields site found at CERCLA 101(39). As part of the application process, EPA provides guidance to assist grant applicants in determining whether sites meet this definition. (1) The brownfields grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). (2) Brownfields assessment grant funds may be used to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites. (3) An RLF grant recipient must use at least 60 percent of the awarded funds to capitalize a revolving loan fund; an RLF grant recipient may use no more than 40 percent of the awarded funds for cleanup subgrants. Revolving loan funds generally are used to provide no-interest or low-interest loans for brownfields cleanups. (4) An RLF grant recipient also may use its funds to award subgrants to other eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, for brownfields cleanups on sites owned by the subgrantee; (5) Brownfields cleanup grant funds may be used to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites that are owned by the grant recipient. (6) Costs incurred under CERCLA 104(k) grants or cooperative agreements may not be used for an administrative cost, penalty or fine, a Federal cost-share requirement, a response cost for which the recipient of the grant or cooperative agreement is potentially liable under CERCLA 107, or the cost of complying with a Federal law, with the exception of the costs of laws applicable to cleanup of Brownfields sites. For information on statutory limits on the amount of funding, see Range and Average of Financial Assistance, below.