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Posted on behalf of Todd Nettesheim <nettesheim.todd@epa.gov>

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FY2001 USEPA Great Lakes Air Deposition Request for Proposals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) invites you to submit
proposals for innovative Great Lakes air deposition projects to be awarded
with Fiscal Year 2001 Great Lakes National Geographic Initiative Funding.
The "FY2001 USEPA Great Lakes Air Deposition Request for Proposals" (RFP)
requests that proposals be developed in the areas of:

. Air Deposition and Source Characterization Monitoring

. Emissions Inventory Development

. Atmospheric and Multi-media Modeling

. Assessment of Effects to Aquatic Life and Wildlife

Specific priorities for each of these categories are identified in the
Appendix.  Proposals should focus on the persistent bioaccumulative toxics
(PBTs) of concern for air deposition in the Great Lakes region, including
but not limited to those pollutants identified under the Great Waters
Program, the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy, the Great Lakes Water
Quality Initiative, and the Lakewide Management Plans for each of the Great
Lakes.  Proposals which incorporate other air toxics along with PBTs will
also be considered.  Proposals should also provide a direct benefit to the
Great Lakes from a regional perspective.

Summary:

The USEPA has designated the Great Lakes as a National Geographic Initiative
and made available approximately $1.2 million of Clean Air Act section 105
National Priority Funds for disbursement on Great Lakes air deposition
projects.  Funding under the Great Lakes National Geographic Initiative
supports improvements to, and applications of, multi-media strategy
development and assessment tools, needed to identify the contribution and
effects of air deposition of PBTs to the Great Lakes region.

Deadline:

Proposals must be received by June 4, 2001.  Paperless submissions are
encouraged.  Proposals can be sent electronically to:
nettesheim.todd@epa.gov, or mailed to:

USEPA - Region 5
Air and Radiation Division (AR-18J)
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Attention: Todd Nettesheim

Eligibility:

Assistance (through grants, cooperative agreements, and interagency
agreements) is available pursuant to Clean Air Act sections 103 and 105 for
activities in the Great Lakes region and in support of the priorities
identified in this RFP.  State pollution control agencies, other federal
agencies, interstate agencies, accredited academic institutions, and other
public or non-profit agencies and organizations are eligible for funding.

Format:

Proposals should be no more than 6 pages in length and must include the
following components: (1) Relevance to Great Lakes atmospheric deposition
priorities (Appendix); (2) Problem statement; (3) Proposed work and
outcomes; (4) Budget; (5) Key personnel; (6) Great Lakes region
collaboration; and (7) Other funding sources.  Succinct proposals are
encouraged.  Proposals selected for funding will be required to submit a
full USEPA grant application by August 15, 2001.

Proposal Requirements:

Applicants who accept and receive funding will be required to submit
quarterly progress reports and a final project report.  Awarded proposals
will also be expected to deliver a presentation to EPA and other interested
Federal and State agencies on project results.  Applicants should also
consider the Federal requirement that projects involving data collection
require an approved Quality Assurance Project Plan prior to commencing
environmental data collection - extra funds and extra time may be needed for
its development.

Project Clarifications/Revisions:

Applicant may be contacted for clarification and for the purpose of
negotiating changes in project terms and amounts.

Confidentiality:

We expect that applicants will only submit non-confidential information,
since external reviewers assist in evaluations and since information will be
published on the Internet.  40 C.F.R. Part 2 discusses "public information",
including procedures for claiming confidentiality (40 C.F.R. SS 2.203 and
2.204).  Note that under Public Law No. 105-277, data produced under an
award is subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Notification:

EPA will confirm proposal receipt within two weeks.  Applicants will be
notified about final funding decisions on or before August 15, 2001.

Review Process:

All proposals will be reviewed by a Core Group consisting of the USEPA, the
Great Lakes States, and other appropriate technical experts.  Proposals will
be evaluated based on the following general principles:

. Connection to the priorities identified in the Appendix.

. Benefits to the entire Great Lakes region.

. Ability to build capacity in the Great Lakes region to assess the impacts
of air deposition.

. Scientific/Professional Merit.

. Leveraging of additional resources.

. Bias toward activities that lead to results.


For More Information:
Please contact Todd Nettesheim at (312) 353-9153 or nettesheim.todd@epa.gov

Appendix

Great Lakes Air Deposition Priorities

The USEPA has identified 4 priority areas for funding in FY01 to support
improvements to, and applications of, multi-media strategy development and
assessment tools, needed to identify the contribution and effects of
deposition of PBTs to the Great Lakes region.  This appendix summarizes each
priority area for funding and identifies the specific activities that are
considered to be high priorities.

Air Deposition and Source Characterization Monitoring:

USEPA is seeking monitoring proposals that build the Great Lakes region's
capacity to monitor for PBTs of concern for air deposition in the Great
Lakes region to establish long-term trends, perform source apportionment
analyses, calibrate atmospheric deposition models, evaluate emissions
reductions strategies, and assess and characterize air emissions from
sources.

USEPA is particularly interested in the following projects, with the highest
priority given to the first three topics:

. Source characterization - Employment of monitoring technology to improve
understanding of mercury, dioxin and PCB sources.  Projects could involve
stack tests, evaluation of area source emissions, and mass balance
approaches such as measurement of PBTs in fuels and other materials.  In
addition, projects to develop speciated mercury emissions estimates from
important source categories are encouraged.  States, Tribes, and
non-government organizations are encouraged to cooperate in the purchase of
mobile monitoring equipment that can be shared.

. Mercury Deposition Monitoring - Evaluation of trends in mercury deposition
is important, and will eventually be accomplished by the weekly wet
deposition monitoring done under the MDN.  Projects which duplicate the
mercury deposition monitoring performed by the MDN are not encouraged.
Weekly wet deposition monitoring is not a high priority under this RFP;
however, projects will be considered if they provide coverage to a
geographic area currently missed under the MDN.  Projects are particularly
encouraged if they will provide information about urban area impacts.
Monitoring of wet deposition trends requires a long-term commitment (~5
years), this RFP requires that a State or entity must provide such a
commitment to continue monitoring through other funding sources if initial
start-up costs are funded under this RFP with Great Lakes air deposition
funds.

. Enhanced Mercury Deposition Monitoring - Projects to enhance existing MDN
sites in order to provide information about mercury sources are also
encouraged.  For instance, incorporation of event sampling and trace metals
monitoring or mercury vapor monitoring at an MDN site could help identify
the sources contributing most to mercury deposition.  Projects that provide
this more intensive air and deposition monitoring in conjunction with
separately funded monitoring of water and biota in a sentinel watershed are
particularly encouraged.

. Dioxin Monitoring - Projects to develop the capabilities within the Great
Lakes region to monitor for dioxins to estimate atmospheric loadings,
characterize effects, and identify sources.

. Dry Deposition of Mercury - Projects to determine the importance of
mercury dry deposition (particulate mercury and reactive gaseous mercury) to
overall loadings.  Projects will also be considered that assess the
significance of the watershed in the transport and transformation of
pollutants deposited over land.

. Coordinated Multi-media measurements - Projects that integrate air, water,
and biota measurements to better understand the concentrations, fate, and
relationships of PBTs in the environment.

. Sediment cores - The history of atmospheric deposition has been
reconstructed from sediment cores of lakes with minimal watershed
disturbance in Minnesota and the Adirondacks, but such information is
missing from most of the Great Lakes region.

Emissions Inventory:

USEPA is seeking emissions inventory proposals that continue to build the
capacity within the Great Lakes region to compile complete emissions
inventories on a triennial basis for point, area, and mobile sources.
Emphasis should be placed on providing complete and comprehensive emissions
inventories for the PBTs of concern for air deposition in the Great Lakes
region.  Emphasis should also be placed on developing model-ready emissions
inventories and assessing spatial and temporal trends.

USEPA is particularly interested in the following projects, with the highest
priority given to the first three topics:

. 2002 Regional Emissions Inventory - Projects to develop a complete and
comprehensive regional emissions inventory for 2002 for point, area, and
mobile sources, with an emphasis placed on the PBTs of concern for air
deposition in the Great Lakes region.

. Enhanced QA/QC for PBTs - Projects that include an in-depth QA/QC for
emissions inventories of PBTs of concern for air deposition in the Great
Lakes region, particularly mercury, PCBs, and dioxin.

. Emissions Inventory Process - Projects to improve the Great Lakes States'
capacity to develop and deliver complete emissions inventories.
Improvements to emissions inventory processing software is one such example.

. Base Year Emissions Inventory - Projects to refine a base year (1993 or
1996) emissions inventory for mercury and dioxin in order to improve the
ability to develop and assess spatial and temporal trends in the Great Lakes
region.

. Data Dissemination - Projects to improve the ability to disseminate
emissions inventory data.

. Emission Factor Development - Projects meant to improve emissions
inventories through creation or improvement of emissions factors for poorly
understood sources.  For mercury, examples include improved estimates of
emissions associated with processing and disposal of mercury-containing
wastes, scrap yards, steel production, landfills, chlor-alkali plants,
instrument production, and land application of sludges and residues that
contain mercury.  Improved emission factors for residential wood combustion
(PAH emissions) would also be considered.  Projects are also encouraged that
incorporate the speciated emission factors from EPA's Information Collection
Request for mercury from coal-fired power plants into a regional inventory.
Projects will also be considered that re-evaluate regularly used emission
factors.

. Speciated Stack Tests - Projects to perform speciated stack tests on
mercury emissions from coal combustors, incinerators (solid waste, medical,
and sewage sludge), and chlor-alkali facilities.

. Mercury in Products - Projects to determine the emissions of mercury
during the disposal process of mercury-containing product lines.

Atmospheric and Multi-Media Modeling:

USEPA is seeking modeling proposals to enhance modeling capabilities in
order to better understand the fate and cycling of pollutants of primary
concern.  Projects are encouraged that link the results of models from
different media, including air, water, sediments, and biota, in order to
simplify and enhance the prediction of relative loadings from air and water
to waterbodies and subsequent effects on human and ecosystem health.
Projects will also be considered that utilize models in order to assess and
identify the long-range transport of substances from sources outside of the
Great Lakes, including contributions from regional, continental, and global
sources.

USEPA is interested in the following projects:

. Multi-media modeling - Projects to model mercury transport, deposition,
methylation, and bioaccumulation in a sentinel watershed.

. Mercury source apportionment - Projects to combine short-term intensive
monitoring with source apportionment modeling to determine a single source
or a group of sources impact on the transport and deposition of mercury.

. Regional TMDL modeling - Projects that support the development of mercury
TMDLs for the Great Lakes States

Assessment of Effects to Aquatic Life and Wildlife:

USEPA is seeking proposals to assess the effects to aquatic organisms and
wildlife from exposure to PBTs in the environment.  Projects are encouraged
to study the linkages between emissions, deposition and environmental
effects of PBTs (especially for mercury, dioxins, and PCBs).



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