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Posted on behalf of Marcia Horan <HORANM@state.mi.us>

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POLLUTION PREVENTION GRANTS AVAILABLE TO MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES

Attached are two announcements that have been mailed out to hundreds of
communities around the state.  They announce the availability of grants for
communities interested in establishing household hazardous waste collection
programs or implementing regional pollution prevention projects.    This is
being sent to you to help spread the word about the availability of these
grants.

PLEASE READ THE ATTACHED ANNOUNCEMENTS.  They are short, only 2 pages each,
but they contain important information that potential applicants will need
to know.  They include information about July workshops that are being held
around the state to help communities apply for these grants.  DO NOT DELAY
IN READING THE ATTACHMENTS.  Deadlines for applications are August 15, 2000,
for the Regional P2 grants and August 30, 2000, for the household hazardous
waste collection grants.

Also attached is the announcement of a new DEQ sponsored listserver that
will provide updates on the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection
Initiative, the program that is providing the HHW grants, and other
information about Michigan household hazardous waste collection operations.

ANNOUNCEMENT
MICHIGAN HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION INITITIAVE



Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
http:\\www.deq.state.mi.us
John Engler, Governor
Russell Harding, Director

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has funds available
to provide grants to improve access to household hazardous waste (HHW)
collection programs.  Called the Michigan Household Hazardous Waste
Collection Initiative, the program goal is to provide funding to Michigan
communities to provide HHW collection programs to under-served populations
in Michigan.  The grants are funded by an appropriation under the Clean
Michigan Initiative (CMI) and pursuant to the MDEQ's authority under Part
145, Waste Reduction Assistance, of the Natural Resources and Environmental
Protection Act (NREPA), 1994 PA 451, as amended.  The CMI was created under
Part 196, Clean Michigan Initiative Implementation, of NREPA with a $675
million general obligation bond approved by voters on November 3, 1998.

Households discard an average of 21.5 pounds of hazardous waste annually.
In July 1998, Michigan's population reached 10 million.  This meant that
Michigan households could have generated 72 million pounds of unregulated
hazardous waste to be disposed of in landfills, incinerators, and wastewater
treatment facilities.  Most of these facilities are not designed to handle
this hazardous material.  On occasion, hazardous waste also finds its way
directly into the environment, affecting the waters of the state, the air,
wildlife, and human health and safety.

To lessen the affect of these wastes on the environment, the MDEQ has
developed a grant program for communities to improve public access to HHW
collections.  A total of $1,000,000 in grants is being offered for a
Michigan HHW Collection Initiative.  Grants are available for Michigan
county health and environmental departments, other local governmental
agencies, or non-profit organizations to establish and operate HHW
collection programs.  Eligible projects must focus on establishing HHW
collection facilities, HHW management, and disposal activities.  Application
packages are currently available from the MDEQ, with the first round of
applications due August 31, 2000.

ELIGIBILE RECIPIENTS: Michigan community governments, non-profits, and other
agencies showing capability of fulfilling the requirements of the grant are
eligible to apply.  For-profit applicants are ineligible for grants but may
serve as subcontractors to the grantee.

ELIGIBILE ACTIVITIES: Activities eligible for funding include establishing a
permanent site and/or mobile collection program, costs associated with a
collection event, start-up promotional expenses, handling, storage and
disposal costs, and other operating, training, and equipment costs necessary
to the collection activities.

AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS:  $500,000 is available for this cycle of funding

MATCHING REQUIREMENTS: Organizations receiving grants are required to match
state funds by at least 25 percent.  For example, the state will provide 75
percent of the total allowable cost of the project and the grantee will
provide the other 25 percent.  Grantee contributions may include dollars,
in-kind goods and services, and/or third party contributions. Grant projects
must total $50,000 or greater (state match + local match = $50,000 or
greater).

DUE DATE: The first cycle of funding during which applications will be
accepted is
June 1, 2000 through August 31, 2000.

TIME LIMIT: Grants must be used during the first two years of a seven-year
project.  The goal of these grants is to provide communities the seed money
they need to start a program that can be sustained at the local level.

CMI POLLUTION PREVENTION GRANTS INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS.  The MDEQ
Environmental Assistance Division (EAD) will hold informational meetings to
brief applicants on its pollution prevention (P2) grant programs, including
the Regional P2 Grant Program and the HHW Collection Initiative.  Staff will
explain the purpose of these grant programs and also review grant selection
criteria and grant management requirements.  There will be a question and
answer period for those who need assistance in completing the grant
applications.  The meetings will run from 9:00 a.m. * 12:00 p.m. at all
locations except Marquette, which will start at 10:00 a.m., with a repeat
session at 1:00 p.m.  For additional information or to register, contact
Julie Webber, EAD, P2 Section, 517-335-5543.

Date Location
07/13/00 Delta College, Room F-10, Allied Health Wing, University Center,
Michigan
07/17/00 RESA, Annex Auditorium, Wayne, Michigan
07/18/00 Treetops Sylvan Resort, Gaylord, Michigan
07/19/00 Zeeland Township Hall, Zeeland, Michigan
07/25/00 Ramada Inn Marquette, Michigan

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Questions?  Contact Lucy Doroshko, Michigan HHW Collection Initiative
Manager at
517-373-1322 or doroshkl@state.mi.us.

Grant Application Materials? Contact Julie Webber, EAD, P2 Section,
517-335-5543 or download information from the Internet at
http://www.deq.state.mi.us/ead/p2sect.
Available documents include:
 HHW Grant Application (Request for Proposal);
 List of Michigan HHW Coordinators;
 List of HHW Management Companies.  (This list is provided as an
informational resource.  It is not guaranteed to be comprehensive nor is
inclusion on the list a recommendation or endorsement by the MDEQ-EAD.)

Regional Pollution Prevention Grants
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has funds available
to provide grants for regional pollution prevention (P2) projects that
result in measurable reductions in the generation of waste.  The goal of the
Regional P2 Grant Program is to apply innovative P2 approaches to reduce the
generation of waste and critical pollutants identified in international and
national agreements or in state or local environmental strategies.  The
grants are funded by an appropriation under the Clean Michigan Initiative
(CMI) and pursuant to the MDEQ's authority under Part 145, Waste Reduction
Assistance, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act
(NREPA), 1994 PA 451, as amended.  The CMI was created under Part 196, Clean
Michigan Initiative Implementation, of NREPA with a $675 million general
obligation bond approved by voters on November 3, 1998.

Michigan has a long history of effectively providing sound protection of its
natural resources through the development and implementation of
environmental regulatory programs.  To sustain a vibrant economy while
continuing to effectively protect the environment and human health,
environmental programs must embrace the philosophy that pollutants,
particularly those that are hazardous or toxic, should be reduced through a
multi-media approach that emphasizes P2.  P2 aims to eliminate and/or reduce
the generation of wastes at their source, or as the next best option, to
reuse or recycle wastes in an environmentally sound manner.  P2 activities
include process changes, technology changes, raw material and product
changes, and good operating practices.

The MDEQ has developed a regional P2 grant program to promote innovative
approaches and to reducing the generation of waste and critical pollutants
at the local level.  A total of 1.0 million dollars in funding is available
for matching grants to public or nonprofit agencies to undertake projects
that will result in measurable reductions in the generation of waste.  The
grants will target regions of the state with environmentally sensitive
natural resources, such as the Lake Superior basin and Lake St. Clair.
Preference will be given to projects that reduce waste and critical
pollutants that have been identified in national and international
agreements, or in state or local environmental strategies.  Proposals are
due August 15, 2000.

Pollution prevention is defined as source reduction and environmentally
sound on-site or
off-site reuse or recycling.  Waste treatment, control, management, and
disposal are not considered P2.

Critical Pollutants are defined regionally by Federal, State, and local
government lists.  Critical pollutants are toxic inorganic and organic
substances that negatively impact human, marine, and terrestrial habitats.

ELIGIBILE RECIPIENTS:  Local units of government, including county, city,
and township, and other public or incorporated nonprofit organizations.
For-profit applicants are ineligible for grants but may serve as
subcontractor to the grantee.

ELIGIBILE ACTIVITIES:  Projects should focus on critical pollutants and
result in measurable waste reductions.  Examples of potential projects are
those that focus on persistent bio-cumulative toxics (PBTs), including
mercury; industrial pre-treatment outreach programs, including technology
demonstration projects; watershed projects; business sector projects, such
as those targeting dental offices, salvage yards, and marinas.  Projects
should serve as a demonstration or model that can be transferred to other
areas of the state.  Projects that target solid waste will not be eligible.

AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS:  $1,000,000 is available for this grant program.  The
minimum amount for each project is $50,000.

MATCHING REQUIREMENTS:  Organizations receiving grants are required to match
state funds by at least 25 percent.  For example, the state will provide 75
percent of the total allowable cost of the project and the grantee will
provide the other 25 percent.  Grantee contributions may include dollars,
in-kind goods and services, and/or third party contributions.

DUE DATES:  Proposals are due August 15, 2000.

FURTHER INFORMATION:  For further information, contact the appropriate staff
listed below or you can download the RFP from the Internet at
http://www.deq.state.mi.us/ead/p2sect.

CMI POLLUTION PREVENTION GRANTS INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS.  The MDEQ
Environmental Assistance Division (EAD) will hold informational meetings to
brief applicants on its P2 grant programs, including the Regional P2 Grant
Program and the HHW Collection Initiative.  Staff will explain the purpose
of these grant programs and also review grant selection criteria and grant
management requirements.  There will be a question and answer period for
those who need assistance in completing the grant applications.  The
meetings will run from 9:00 a.m. * 12:00 p.m. at all locations except
Marquette, which will start at 10:00 a.m., with a repeat session at 1:00
p.m.  For additional information or to register, contact Julie Webber, EAD,
P2 Section, 517-335-5543.

Date Location
07/13/00 Delta College, Room F-10, Allied Health Wing, University Center,
Michigan
07/17/00 RESA, Annex Auditorium, Wayne, Michigan
07/18/00 Treetops Sylvan Resort, Gaylord, Michigan
07/19/00 Zeeland Township Hall, Zeeland, Michigan
07/25/00 Ramada Inn Marquette, Michigan

Please contact your field staff representative (listed below) for additional
information.
Richard Alexander, Field Staff Unit Chief, 231-775-3960, ext. 6322
(Cadillac)
Lucille Scotti 906-475-2054, (Marquette District Office)
Pat Donovan 231-775-3960, ext. 6321 (Cadillac)
Mike Young 517-686-8025, ext. 8390 (Saginaw Bay, Shiawassee)
Maggie Fields 616-685-0027 (Grand Rapids, Plainwell)
Carol Panagiotides 313-392-6535 (Southeast Michigan.
Gene Hall 517-780-7912 (Jackson)

Marcia Horan, Chief
Pollution Prevention Section
Environmental Assistance Division
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 30457
Lansing, MI 48909-7957
Ph# 517/373-9122  fax 517/373-3675
Horanm@state.mi.us

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