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GLIN==> Great Lakes Legacy Act - Request for Projects UPDATE

The FY 2006 Request for Projects (RFP) for Great Lakes Legacy Act
funding is now available on the internet at http://www.epa.gov/glla.
This replaces the FY 2004 RFP, which has been posted until today, July
13th, 2006.

Below is the Federal Register Notice (71 Federal Register 39115 [July
11, 2006]) with more details.

“Great Lakes Legacy Act - Request for Projects”

AGENCY:  United States Environmental Protection Agency - Great Lakes
National Program Office

ACTION:  Funding Availability

SUMMARY:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Great Lakes
National Program Office (GLNPO) is requesting proposals for projects,
for up to $29,600,000, addressing contaminated sediment problems in
Great Lakes Areas of Concern located wholly or partially in the United
States (U.S. AOCs) as outlined in the Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2002
(the Legacy Act).

DATES:  The deadline for all Project proposals is 5:00 p.m. Central
Time, September 15, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Marc Tuchman, 312-353-1369/

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  The Request for Projects (RFP) is available
on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/glla.  The purpose of this request
is to solicit project proposals that would help to implement the Great
Lakes Legacy Act.  In order to receive funding under the Legacy Act,
projects must be located in one of the 31 U.S. Great Lakes AOCs.  Top
priority will be given to projects that (1) constitute remedial action
for contaminated sediment; (2) have been identified in a Remedial Action
Plan and are ready to be implemented; (3) use an innovative approach,
technology, or technique that may provide greater environmental
benefits, or equivalent environmental benefits at a reduced cost; or (4)
included remediation to be commenced not later than one year after the
date of receipt of funds for the project.  Remediation projects would
include, but are not limited to, remedial options such as: dredging,
capping, monitored natural recovery, treatment technologies, or a
combination of remedial alternatives for contaminated sediment.

The next priority level would be given to projects that seek to monitor
or evaluate contaminated sediment or prevent further or renewed
contamination of sediment.  These projects could include: site
characterizations, site assessments, source identification/source
control, monitoring, risk assessments, remedial alternatives evaluations
and short-term/long-term effects analyses.

The Legacy Act program is not a grant program, and it is not an
enforcement or regulatory program.  The process for the selection of
Legacy Act projects is not a grants competition, but it is based on the
development of a negotiated Project Agreement (PA) between USEPA and the
non-federal sponsor.  USEPA will consider projects based on the extent
to which they meet the requirements of the Legacy Act and the RFP.

The non-federal share of the cost of a project shall be at least 35% of
the total project costs in those cases where no responsible parties are
clearly identified; when the non-federal sponsor is a responsible party,
USEPA will require a substantially higher contribution (minimum of
40-50%).  The non-federal sponsor is also responsible for 100% of cost
of operation and maintenance of the project.  The non-federal share may
include the value of in-kind services contributed by the non-federal
sponsor, and may include funds or in-kind services provided pursuant to
an administrative order on consent or a judicial consent decree.  The
non-federal share of the cost of a project may not include any funds
paid pursuant to, or the value of any in-kind service performed under, a
unilateral administrative order or court order.

GLNPO will review Legacy Act project proposals as they are received.
GLNPO intends to enter into PA discussions with project applicants that
meet the required components outlined in the RFP.  Projects that result
in a PA will be funded with FY06 funds to the extent they are available.
Other projects that result in a PA will be dependent upon funding, if
any, received for the Legacy Act in FY07.  If necessary, GLNPO will
consider, but is not required to release, an additional solicitation for
projects to be funded from FY07 appropriations.

Refer to "Final Rule: Implementation of the Great Lakes Legacy Act of
2002" at http://www.epa.gov/glla/rule/ for more detailed information on
EPA's process for identification, evaluation, selection, and
implementation of projects for funding under the Legacy Act.

Funding (through project agreements) is available pursuant to section
118(c) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1268(c)).
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