[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 56 (Tuesday, March 24, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15596-15597]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-05296]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL 9923-95-OSWER]


Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Supplemental Funding for Brownfields 
Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grantees

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of the availability of funds.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to make 
available approximately $5.8 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 April 23, 2015. 
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 on March 24, 2015.

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 Lisa Ruhl, [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Ruhl, U.S. EPA, (202) 566-0180 or 
the appropriate Brownfields Regional Coordinator.

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
    (IV) such other similar factors as the [Agency] considers 
appropriate to carry out this subsection.
    Eligibility:
    In order to be considered for supplemental funding, grantees must 
demonstrate that they have expended existing funds and that they have a 
clear plan for quickly expending 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 FY2015, EPA

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defines ``significantly depleted funds'' as any grant where $400,000 or 
less remains uncommitted. 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
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                                                   Address/phone number/
            Region                    States               email
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EPA Region 1, Frank Gardner,    CT, ME, MA, NH,    5 Post Office Square,
 [email protected].          RI, VT.            Boston, MA 02109-
                                                    3912, Phone (617)
                                                    918-1278; Fax (617)
                                                    918-1291.
EPA Region 2, Lya Theodoratos,  NJ, NY, PR, VI...  290 Broadway, 18th
 [email protected].                           Floor, New York, NY
                                                    10007, Phone (212)
                                                    637-3260; Fax (212)
                                                    637-3083.
EPA Region 3, Tom Stolle,       DE, DC, MD, PA,    1650 Arch Street,
 [email protected].             VA, WV.            Mail Code 3HS51,
                                                    Philadelphia,
                                                    Pennsylvania 19103,
                                                    Phone (215) 814-
                                                    3129; Fax (215) 814-
                                                    5518.
EPA Region 4, Wanda Jennings,   AL, FL, GA, KY,    Atlanta Federal
 [email protected].         MS, NC, SC, TN.    Center, 61 Forsyth
                                                    Street, S.W., 10TH
                                                    FL , Atlanta, GA
                                                    30303-8960, Phone
                                                    (404) 562-8682; Fax
                                                    (404) 562-8439.
EPA Region 5, Keary Cragan,     IL, IN, MI, MN,    77 West Jackson
 [email protected].           OH, WI.            Boulevard, Mail Code
                                                    SE-4J, Chicago,
                                                    Illinois 60604-3507,
                                                    Phone (312) 353-
                                                    5669; Fax (312) 886-
                                                    7190.
EPA Region 6, Mary Kemp,        AR, LA, NM, OK,    1445 Ross Avenue,
 [email protected].              TX.                Suite 1200 (6SF-PB),
                                                    Dallas, Texas 75202-
                                                    2733, Phone (214)
                                                    665-8358; Fax (214)
                                                    665-6660.
EPA Region 7, Susan Klein,      IA, KS, MO, NE...  11201 Renner Blvd,
 [email protected].                               Lenexa, Kansas
                                                    66219, Phone (913)
                                                    551-7786; Fax (913)
                                                    551-8688.
EPA Region 8, Dan Heffernan,    CO,MT, ND, SD,     1595 Wynkoop Street
 [email protected].       UT, WY.            (EPR-B), Denver, CO
                                                    80202-1129, Phone
                                                    (303) 312-7074; Fax
                                                    (303) 312-6065.
EPA Region 9, Noemi Emeric-     AZ, CA, HI, NV,    75 Hawthorne Street,
 Ford, Emeric-                   AS, GU.            WST-8, San
 [email protected]                                Francisco, CA 94105,
                                                    Phone (213) 244-
                                                    1821; Fax (415) 972-
                                                    3364.
EPA Region 10, Susan Morales,   AK, ID, OR, WA...  1200 Sixth Avenue,
 [email protected].                             Suite 900, Mailstop:
                                                    ECL-112 Seattle, WA
                                                    98101, Phone (206)
                                                    553-7299; Fax (206)
                                                    553-0124.
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    Dated: February 12, 2015.
David R. Lloyd,
Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Office of 
Solid Waste and Emergency Response.
[FR Doc. 2015-05296 Filed 3-23-15; 8:45 am]
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