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[Federal Register: January 11, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 7)]
[Notices]              
[Page 1320-1325]
 From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[OW-FRL-8268-1]

Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.
ACTION: Notice of Availability of Grants for Implementation of Coastal
Recreation Water Monitoring and Public Notification under the Beaches
Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act.

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SUMMARY: The Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health
(BEACH) Act, signed into law on October 10, 2000, amended the Clean
Water Act (CWA), to incorporate provisions to reduce the risk of
illness to users of the Nation's recreational waters. Section 406(b) of
the CWA, as amended by the BEACH Act, authorizes the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) to award program development and implementation
grants to eligible States, Territories, Tribes, and local governments
to support microbiological monitoring of coastal recreation waters,
including the Great Lakes, that are adjacent to beaches or similar
points of access used by the public. BEACH Act grants also support
development and implementation of programs to notify the public of the
potential exposure to disease-causing microorganisms in coastal
recreation waters. EPA encourages coastal and Great Lakes States and
Territories to apply for BEACH Act grants for program implementation
(referred to as implementation grants) to implement effective and
comprehensive coastal recreation water monitoring and public
notification programs. EPA also encourages coastal and Great Lakes
Tribes to apply for BEACH Act grants for program development (referred
to as development grants) to develop effective and comprehensive
coastal recreation water monitoring and public notification programs.

DATES: States and Territories must submit applications on or before
April 11, 2007. Eligible Tribes should notify the relevant Regional
BEACH Act grant coordinator of their interest in applying on or before
March 12, 2007. Upon receipt of a Tribe's notice of interest,

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EPA will establish an appropriate application deadline.

ADDRESSES: You must send your application to the appropriate Regional
Grant Coordinator listed in this notice under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
Section VI.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rich Healy, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave.,
NW., (4305T), Washington, DC, 20460, 202-566-0405, <A HREF="mailto:healy.richard@epa.gov";>
healy.richard@epa.gov</A>.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Grant Program

What Is the Statutory Authority for BEACH Act Grants?

    The general statutory authority for BEACH Act grants is section
406(b) of the Clean Water Act, as amended by the BEACH Act, Pub. L. No.
106-284, 114 Stat. 970 (2000). It provides: ``The Administrator may
make grants to States and local governments to develop and implement
programs for monitoring and notification for coastal recreation waters
adjacent to beaches or similar points of access that are used by the
public.'' CWA section 406(b)(2)(A), however, limits EPA's ability to
award implementation grants only to those States, Tribes and
Territories that meet certain requirements (see Section II, Funding and
Eligibility, below for information on specific requirements).

What Activities Are Eligible for Funding Under the FY 2007 Grants?

    In fiscal year 2007, EPA intends to award grants authorized under
CWA section 406(b) to eligible States and Territories to support the
implementation of coastal recreation water monitoring and public
notification programs that are consistent with EPA's required
performance criteria for implementation grants. Also in fiscal year
2007, EPA intends to award development grants to eligible Tribes to
support the development of coastal recreation water monitoring and
public notification programs that are consistent with EPA's performance
criteria for grants. EPA published the required performance criteria
for grants in its National Beach Guidance and Required Performance
Criteria for Grants (EPA-823-B-02-004), on July 19, 2002. A notice of
availability of the document was published in the Federal Register (67
FR 47540, July 19, 2002). This document can be found on EPA's Web site
at <A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants";>http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants</A>. Copies of the
document may also be obtained by writing, calling, or e-mailing: Office
of Water Resources Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mail
Code 4100T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.
(Phone: 202-566-1731 or e-mail: <A HREF="mailto:center.water-resource@epa.gov";>center.water-resource@epa.gov</A>).

II. Funding and Eligibility

Who Is Eligible To Apply for these Implementation Grants?

    Coastal and Great Lake States that meet the requirements of CWA
section 406(b)(2)(A) are eligible for grants in fiscal year 2007 to
implement monitoring and notification programs. The definition of the
term ``State'' in CWA section 502 includes the District of Columbia,
and current U.S. Territories: the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the
Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the
Northern Mariana Islands.

Are Local Governments Eligible for Funding?

    CWA section 406(b)(2)(B) authorizes EPA to make a grant to a local
government for implementation of a monitoring and notification program
only if, after the one-year period beginning on the date of publication
of the performance criteria (July 19, 2002), EPA determines that the
State within which the local government has jurisdiction is not
implementing a program that meets the requirements of CWA section
406(b), which includes a requirement that the program is consistent
with the performance criteria in National Beach Guidance and Required
Performance Criteria for Grants. Local governments may contact their
EPA Regional office for further information about BEACH Act grants.

How May Tribes Apply for BEACH Act Development Grants and How Much
Funding is Available for Tribes?

    Section 518(e) of the CWA authorizes EPA to treat eligible Indian
Tribes in the same manner as States for the purpose of receiving CWA
section 406 grant funding. For fiscal year 2007, EPA will make $50,000
available for development grants to eligible Tribes. In order to be
eligible for a CWA section 406 development grant, a Tribe must have
coastal recreation waters adjacent to beaches or similar points of
access that are used by the public. The phrase ``coastal recreation
waters'' is defined in CWA section 502(21) to mean the Great Lakes and
marine coastal waters (including coastal estuaries) that are designated
under CWA section 303(c) for use for swimming, bathing, surfing, or
similar water contact activities. The statute explicitly excludes from
the definition inland waters and waters upstream of the mouth of a
river or stream having an unimpaired natural connection with the open
sea. In addition, a tribe must demonstrate that it meets the
``treatment in the same manner as a State'' (TAS) criteria contained in
CWA section 518(e) for purposes of receiving a section 406 beaches
grant. To demonstrate TAS, the Tribe must show that it: (1) Is
federally recognized; (2) has a governing body carrying out substantial
governmental duties and powers; (3) will be exercising functions
pertaining to waters within reservation; and (4) is reasonably expected
to be capable of carrying out the functions consistent with the CWA and
all applicable regulations. EPA encourages those Tribes with coastal
recreation waters to contact their regional Beach Act grant coordinator
for further information regarding the application process as soon as
possible.

Are There Any Additional Eligibility Requirements and Grant Conditions
Applicable to States, Tribes, and Territories?

    Yes, there are additional eligibility requirements and grant
conditions. First, CWA section 406(b)(2)(A) provides that EPA may only
award a grant to implement a monitoring and notification program if:
    (I) the program is consistent with the performance criteria
published by the Administrator under CWA section 406(a);
    (ii) the State or local government prioritizes the use of grant
funds for particular coastal recreation waters based on the use of the
water and the risk to human health presented by pathogens or pathogen
indicators;
    (iii) the State or local government makes available to the
Administrator the factors used to prioritize the use of funds under
clause (ii);
    (iv) the State or local government provides a list of discrete
areas of coastal recreation waters that are subject to the program for
monitoring and notification for which the grant is provided that
specifies any coastal recreation waters for which fiscal constraints
will prevent consistency with the performance criteria under CWA
section 406(a); and
    (v) the public is provided an opportunity to review the program
through a process that provides for public notice and an opportunity
for comment.
    Second, CWA section 406(c) requires that as a condition of receipt
of a CWA section 406 grant, a State or local government program for
monitoring and notification must identify:
    (1) Lists of coastal recreation waters in the State, including
coastal recreation

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waters adjacent to beaches or similar points of access that are used by
the public;
    (2) in the case of a State program for monitoring and notification,
the process by which the State may delegate to local governments
responsibility for implementing the monitoring and notification program;
    (3) the frequency and location of monitoring and assessment of
coastal recreation waters based on--
    (A) the periods of recreational use of the waters;
    (B) the nature and extent of use during certain periods;
    (C) The proximity of the waters to known point sources and nonpoint
sources of pollution; and
    (D) Any effect of storm events on the waters;
    (4) (A) The methods to be used for detecting levels of pathogens
and pathogen indicators that are harmful to human health; and
    (B) The assessment procedures for identifying short-term increases
in pathogens and pathogen indicators that are harmful to human health
in coastal recreation waters (including increases in relation to storm
events);
    (5) Measures for prompt communication of the occurrence, nature,
location, pollutants involved, and extent of any exceeding of, or
likelihood of exceeding, applicable water quality standards for
pathogens and pathogen indicators to--
    (A) The Administrator, in such form as the Administrator determines
to be appropriate; and
    (B) A designated official of a local government having jurisdiction
over land adjoining the coastal recreation waters for which the failure
to meet applicable standards is identified;
    (6) Measures for the posting of signs at beaches or similar points
of access, or functionally equivalent communication measures that are
sufficient to give notice to the public that the coastal recreation
waters are not meeting or are not expected to meet applicable water
quality standards for pathogens and pathogen indicators; and
    (7) Measures that inform the public of the potential risks
associated with water contact activities in the coastal recreation
waters that do not meet applicable water quality standards.
    Third, as required by CWA section 406(b)(3)(A), a State recipient
of a CWA section 406 grant must submit to EPA, in such format and at
such intervals as EPA determines to be appropriate, a report that
describes:
    (1) Data collected as part of the program for monitoring and
notification as described in section 406(c), and
    (2) Actions taken to notify the public when water quality standards
are exceeded. States must submit to EPA both the monitoring and
notification reports for any beach season by January 31 of the year
following the beach season. For the 2007 beach season, the deadline for
states to submit these reports is January 31, 2008. EPA first
established this report submission deadline in the Federal Register
notice for the fiscal year 2003 grants (68 FR 15446, 15449 (March 31,
2003)).
    Fourth, States are required to report to EPA, latitude, longitude
and mileage data on:
    (1) The extent of beaches and similar points of public access
adjacent to coastal recreation waters, and
    (2) The extent of beaches that are monitored.

EPA first established this requirement in the Federal Register notice
for the fiscal year 2003 grants (68 FR 15446, 15447 (March 31, 2003)).
EPA is continuing this requirement in order to capture any changes
States may make to their beach monitoring program. States must report
to EPA any changes to either the extent of their beaches or similar
points of access, or to the extent of their beaches that are monitored.

How Much Funding Is Available?

    For fiscal year 2007, the total available for BEACH Act grants is
expected to be $9,900,000 subject to the availability of funds. EPA
expects to award $9,850,000 in implementation and development grants to
eligible States and Territories. In addition, EPA intends to award
$50,000 in development grants to eligible Tribes.

How Will the Funding for States and Territories Be Allocated?

    For fiscal year 2007, EPA expects to award grants to all eligible
States and Territories who apply for funding based on an allocation
formula that the Agency developed for allocating BEACH Act grant funds
in 2002. EPA consulted with various States, the Coastal States
Organization, and the Association of State and Interstate Water
Pollution Control Administrators (ASIWPCA) to develop this formula. It
uses three factors: (1) Beach season length, (2) beach miles, and (3)
beach use. As discussed in more detail below, EPA is reviewing the
allocation formula in an effort to improve it.
(1) Beach Season Length
    EPA selected beach season length as a factor because it determines
the part of the year when a government would conduct its monitoring
program. The longer the beach season, the more resources a government
would need to conduct monitoring. The Agency obtained the information
on the length of a beach season from the National Health Protection
Survey of Beaches for the States or Territories that submitted a
completed survey. EPA estimated the beach season length for Alaska
based on air and water temperature, available information on recreation
activities, and data from the 1993 National Water Based Recreation
Survey. EPA grouped the States and U.S. Territories into four
categories of beach season lengths:

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                                              The beach season category
              For beaches in:                            is:
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Alaska....................................  <  3 months.
Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana,   3-4 months.
 Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
 Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New
 York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode
 Island, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.
Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi,   5-6 months.
 North Carolina, South Carolina.
American Samoa, California, Florida, Guam,  9-12 months.
 Hawaii, Northern Mariana, Puerto Rico,
 Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

(2) Beach Miles
    EPA selected miles of beach as a factor because it determines the
geographical extent over which a government would conduct monitoring.
The more miles of beaches, the more resources a government would need
to conduct monitoring. EPA does not have beach mileage data in a format
that can be used for the allocation formula at this time. Therefore, in
the interim, EPA is using shoreline miles as a surrogate for beach
miles in the allocation formula. Shoreline miles data overestimates
beach miles in some States and Territories; however, EPA and States
agreed that this is the best way to estimate beach miles available at
this time. EPA used the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) publication, The Coastline of the United States, to quantify
shoreline miles. EPA is in the process of reviewing the appropriateness
of shoreline and beach miles data as factors in the allocation formula.
(3) Beach Use
    EPA selected beach use as a factor because it reflects the
magnitude of potential human exposure to pathogens at recreational
beaches. Greater use of

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beaches makes it more likely that a government would need to increase
monitoring frequency due to the larger number of people potentially
exposed to pathogens. EPA continues to use the coastal population of
counties (based on the 2000 Census data) to quantify the coastal
population that is wholly or partially within the State's or
Territory's legally defined coastal zone, as a surrogate for actual
beach usage. EPA is reviewing the appropriateness of coastal county
population and beach use data as factors in the allocation formula.
    The grants allocation formula sums three parts. The first part is a
base amount for all States and Territories that varies with the length
of the beach season. The second part distributes 50% of the total
remaining funds based on the ratio of shoreline miles in a State or
Territory to the total length of shoreline miles. For example, if a
State has 4% of the total coastal and Great Lakes shoreline, that State
would receive 4% of 50% (or 2%) of total funds remaining after the
Agency distributed the funds for part one. The third part distributes
the remaining 50% based on the ratio of coastal population in a State
or Territory to the total coastal population. For example, if a State
has 2% of the total coastal and Great Lakes population, that State
would receive 2% of 50% (or 1%) of the total funds remaining after the
Agency distributes the funds for the first two parts. The following
table summarizes the allocation formula:

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                                             The part of the allocation
                                                         is:
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 Beach season length                        <  3 months: $150,000 (States
                                             and Territories with a
                                             season < 3 months receive
                                             season-based funding only.)
                                            3-4 months: $200,000
                                            5-6 months: $250,000
                                            >6 months: $300,000
Shoreline miles...........................  50% of funds remaining after
                                             allocation of season-based
                                             funding.
Coastal population........................  50% of funds remaining after
                                             allocation of season-based
                                             funding.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    For 2007, the total available for BEACH Act grants to States and
Territories is expected to be $9,850,000 million. This is an estimate
pending the Agency's fiscal year 2007 appropriation. EPA will announce
on its Web site any changes to the total amount available for BEACH Act
grants, at <A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants/";>http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants/</A>. Assuming
all 35 States and Territories with coastal recreation waters apply and
meet the statutory eligibility requirements for implementation grants
(and have met the statutory grant conditions applicable to previously
awarded section 406 grants), the distribution of the funds for year
2007 is expected to be:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           The year 2007
                                                           allocation is
             For the State or Territory of:                 expected to
                                                                be:
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Alabama.................................................        $262,510
Alaska..................................................        $150,000
American Samoa..........................................        $302,200
California..............................................        $522,920
Connecticut.............................................        $224,010
Delaware................................................        $211,040
Florida.................................................        $534,700
Georgia.................................................        $287,200
Guam....................................................        $302,680
Hawaii..................................................        $323,660
Illinois................................................        $244,120
Indiana.................................................        $205,960
Louisiana...............................................        $325,370
Maine...................................................        $256,240
Maryland................................................        $271,150
Massachusetts...........................................        $255,940
Michigan................................................        $280,610
Minnesota...............................................        $204,390
Mississippi.............................................        $257,720
New Hampshire...........................................        $204,660
New Jersey..............................................        $279,870
New York................................................        $352,830
North Carolina..........................................        $303,920
Northern Marianas.......................................        $303,430
Ohio....................................................        $224,300
Oregon..................................................        $229,570
Pennsylvania............................................        $223,150
Puerto Rico.............................................        $329,240
Rhode Island............................................        $212,990
South Carolina..........................................        $297,940
Texas...................................................        $385,180
U.S. Virgin Islands.....................................        $303,270
Virginia................................................        $279,020
Washington..............................................        $272,250
Wisconsin...............................................        $225,960
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    In the Federal Register notice announcing the availability of
fiscal year 2006 grants EPA declared its intention to consider revising
the grant allocation formula (71 FR 1744, 1746 (January 11, 2006)). EPA
began this process on February 15, 2006, when it convened a State/EPA
workgroup to evaluate the current allocation formula. In order to
garner input from the widest available audience, EPA intends to propose
for broad input a revised allocation formula in calendar year 2008.
Although the planning for this proposal is still in the early stages,
EPA expects that one component of any revised allocation formula will
include an incentive to encourage more timely expenditure of grant
funds by individual States and Territories. EPA intends to consult
further with interested stakeholders before making any changes to
improve the allocation formula in the future. At this time, EPA expects
that any change would be implemented when EPA awards BEACH Act grants
for fiscal year 2010.

What if a State Does Not Apply or Does Not Qualify for Funding?

    EPA expects that all 35 States and Territories will apply. If fewer
than 35 States and Territories apply for the allocated amount, or if
any applicant fails to meet the statutory eligibility requirements (or
the statutory conditions applicable to previously awarded section 406
grants), then EPA will distribute available grant funds to eligible
States and Territories in the following order:
    (1) States that meet the eligibility requirements for
implementation grants and that have met the statutory conditions
applicable to previously awarded section 406 grants will be awarded the
full amount of funds allocated to the State under the formula described
above.
    (2) States that have not met the requirements for implementation
grants but have met the statutory requirements and grant conditions
applicable to previously awarded section 406 grants may receive grants
for continued program development. Any program development grants that
the Agency awards will be for the limited purpose of completing work
needed to qualify for implementation grants. Therefore, we expect that
funding levels for continued program development grants will be lower
than the amount allocated for program implementation grants.
    (3) EPA may award program implementation grants to local
governments in States that the Agency determines have not met the
requirements for implementation grants.
    (4) Should there be any remaining funds, EPA may award these funds
to those States that have met the statutory requirements for
implementation grants, as well as the statutory grant conditions of
previous section 406 grants, using the criteria in the allocation formula.

What if a State Cannot Use All of its Allocation?

    If a State, Tribe, or Territory cannot use all of its allocation,
the Regional Administrator may award the unused funds to any eligible
coastal or Great Lake grant recipient in the Region for the continued
development or implementation of their coastal recreation water
monitoring and notification program(s). If, after re-allocations, there
are still unused funds within the Region, EPA Headquarters will
redistribute these funds to any eligible coastal or Great Lake BEACH
Act grant recipient.

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How Will the Funding for Tribes Be Allocated?

    EPA expects to apportion the funds set aside for tribal grants
evenly among all eligible Tribes that apply for funding.

What Is the Expected Duration of Funding and Projects?

    The expected funding and project periods for implementation grants
awarded in fiscal year 2007 is one year.

Does EPA Require Matching Funds?

    Recipients do not have to provide matching funds for BEACH Act
grants. EPA may establish a match requirement in the future based on a
review of State program activity and funding levels.

III. Eligible Activities

    Recipients of implementation grants may use funds for activities to
support implementing a beach monitoring and notification program that
is consistent with the required performance criteria for grants
specified in the document, National Beach Guidance and Required
Performance Criteria for Grants, (document number: EPA-823-B-02-004).
Recipients of development grants may use the funds to develop a beach
monitoring and notification program consistent with the performance
criteria.

IV. Selection Process

    EPA Regional offices will award CWA section 406 grants through a
non-competitive process. EPA expects to award grants to all eligible
State, Tribe, and Territory applicants that meet the applicable
requirements described in this notice.

Who Has the Authority To Award BEACH Act Grants?

    The Administrator has delegated the authority to award BEACH Act
grants to the Regional Administrators.

V. Application Procedure

What Is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number for
the BEACH Monitoring and Notification Program Implementation Grants?

    The number assigned to the BEACH Act Grants is 66.472, Program Code CU.

Can BEACH Act Grant Funds Be Included in a Performance Partnership Grant?

    For fiscal year 2007, BEACH Act Grants cannot be included in a
Performance Partnership Grant.

What Is the Application Process for States and Territories?

    Your application package should contain completed: EPA SF-424
Application for Federal Assistance, Program Summary, and Data
Submission Plan.
    In order for EPA to determine that a State or local government is
eligible for an implementation grant, the applicant must submit
documentation with its application to demonstrate that its program is
consistent with the performance criteria. The Program Summary must
contain sufficient technical detail for EPA to confirm that your
program meets the statutory eligibility requirements and statutory
grant conditions for previously awarded CWA section 406 grants listed
in section II (Funding and Eligibility) of this notice. The Program
Summary must also describe how the State used BEACH Act Grant funds to
develop the beach monitoring and notification program, and how the
program is consistent with the nine performance criteria in National
Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants, (EPA-823-
B-02-004). The Program Summary should also describe the state or
territory program's objectives for the next year.
    The Data Submission Plan describes the State data infrastructure
and how the State plans to submit beach monitoring and notification
data to EPA. States may submit a new Data Submission Plan, or they may
submit updates and amendments to their current Plan. More information
on both the Program Summary and Data Submission Plan is available at
<A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants/";>http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants/</A>.
    States and territories must submit application packages to the
appropriate EPA Regional Office by April 11, 2007. EPA will make an
award after the Agency reviews the documentation and confirms that the
program meets the applicable requirements. The Office of Management and
Budget has authorized EPA to collect this information (BEACH Act Grant
Information Collection Request, OMB control number 2040-0244). Please
contact the appropriate EPA Regional Office for a complete application
package. See Section VI for a list of EPA Regional Grant Coordinators
or visit the EPA Beach Watch Web site at <A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/contact.html";>
http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/contact.html</A> on the Internet.

What Should a Tribe's Notice of Interest Contain?

    The Notice of Intent should include the Tribe's name and the name
and telephone number of a contact person.

Are Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) Required for Application?

    Yes. Three specific QA/QC requirements must be met to comply with
EPA's performance criteria for grants:
    (1) Applicants must submit documentation that describes the quality
system implemented by the State, Tribe, or local government.
Documentation may be in the form of a Quality Management Plan or
equivalent documentation.
    (2) Applicants must submit a quality assurance project plan (QAPP)
or equivalent documentation.
    (3) Applicants are responsible for submitting documentation of the
quality system and QAPP for review and approval by the EPA Quality
Assurance Officer or his designee before they take primary or secondary
environmental measurements. More information about the required QA/QC
procedures is available in Chapter Four and Appendix H of National
Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants (EPA-823-B-
02-004).

Are There Reporting Requirements?

    Recipients must submit annual performance reports and financial
reports as required in 40 CFR 31.40 and 31.41. The annual performance
report explains changes to the beach monitoring and notification
program during the grant year. It also describes how the grant funds
were used to implement the program to meet the performance criteria
listed in National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for
Grants (EPA-823-B-02-004). The annual performance report required under
40 CFR 31.40 is due no later than 90 days after the grant year.
Recipients must also submit annual monitoring and notification reports
required under by the National Beach Guidance and Required Performance
Criteria for Grants; (EPA-823-B-02-004). Sections 2.2.3 and 4.3 of the
document contain the performance criterion requiring an annual
monitoring report, and sections 2.2.8 and 5.4 contain the performance
criterion requiring an annual notification report. This document can be
found at <A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants/";>http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants/</A>. These
reports, required to be submitted to EPA by States, Tribes and
Territories under CWA section 406(b)(3)(A), include data collected as
part of a monitoring and notification program. As a condition of award
of an implementation grant, EPA requires that the monitoring report and
the notification report for any beach

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season be submitted not later than January 31 of the year following the
beach season. (See Section II, Funding and Eligibility, above.)

What Regulations and OMB Cost Circular Apply to the Award and
Administration of These Grants?

    The regulations at 40 CFR Part 31 govern the award and
administration of grants to States, Tribes, local governments, and
Territories under CWA sections 406(b). Allowable costs will be
determined according to the cost principles outlined in OMB Cost
Circular A-87.

VI. Grant Coordinators

Headquarters--Washington, DC

    Rich Healy USEPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW--4305, Washington, DC
20460; T: 202-566-0405; F: 202-566-0409; <A HREF="mailto:healy.richard@epa.gov";>healy.richard@epa.gov</A>.
Region I--Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island
    Matt Liebman USEPA Region I, One Congress St., Ste. 1100-CWQ,
Boston, MA 02114-2023; T: 617-918-1626; F: 617-918-1505; <A HREF="mailto:liebman.matt@epa.gov";>
liebman.matt@epa.gov</A>.
Region II--New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
    Helen Grebe USEPA Region II, 2890 Woodbridge Ave., MS220, Edison,
NJ 08837-3679; T: 732-321-6797; F: 732-321-6616; <A HREF="mailto:grebe.helen@epa.gov";>grebe.helen@epa.gov</A>.
Region III--Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia
    Tiffany Crawford USEPA Region III, 1650 Arch Street, 3ES10,
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029; T: 215-814-5776; F: 215-814-2301; <A HREF="mailto:crawford.tiffany@epa.gov";>
crawford.tiffany@epa.gov</A>.
Region IV--Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina,
South Carolina
    Joel Hansel USEPA Region IV, 61 Forsyth St., 15th Floor, Atlanta,
GA 30303-3415; T: 404-562-9274; F: 404-562-9224; <A HREF="mailto:hansel.joel@epa.gov";>hansel.joel@epa.gov</A>.
Region V--Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
    Holly Wirick USEPA Region V, 77 West Jackson Blvd., WT-16J,
Chicago, IL 60604-3507; T: 312-353-6704; F: 312-886-0168; <A HREF="mailto:wirick.holiday@epa.gov";>
wirick.holiday@epa.gov</A>.
Region VI--Louisiana, Texas
    Mike Schaub USEPA Region VI, 1445 Ross Ave., 6WQ-EW, Dallas, TX
75202-2733; T: 214-665-7314; F: 214-665-6689; <A HREF="mailto:schaub.mike@epa.gov";>schaub.mike@epa.gov</A>.
Region IX--American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
Islands, California, Guam, Hawaii
    Terry Fleming USEPA Region IX, 75 Hawthorne St., WTR-2, San
Francisco, CA 94105; T: 415-972-3462; F: 415-947-3537; <A HREF="mailto:fleming.terrence@epa.gov";>
fleming.terrence@epa.gov</A>.
Region X--Alaska, Oregon, Washington
    Rob Pedersen USEPA Region X, 120 Sixth Ave., OW-134, Seattle, WA
98101; T: 206-553-1646; F: 206-553-0165; <A HREF="mailto:pedersen.rob@epa.gov";>pedersen.rob@epa.gov</A>.

    Dated: January 4, 2007.
Michael Shapiro,
Acting Assistant Administrator for Water.
[FR Doc. E7-248 Filed 1-10-07; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6560-50-P

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