Air Pollution Control Program Support

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To assist State, Tribal, Municipal, Intermunicipal, and Interstate agencies in planning, developing, establishing, improving, and maintaining adequate programs for prevention and control of air pollution or implementation of national primary and secondary air quality standards. Funding Priority: Grant funds are targeted to recipients to help EPA address three major priorities in air pollution control: (a) attain and maintain national ambient air quality standards for criteria pollutants (ozone, particulate matter, visibility; carbon monoxide, lead, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide) which endanger human health (particularly sensitive populations) and the environment; (b) eliminate unacceptable risks of cancer and other health problems from air toxics emissions; and (c) reduce the destructive effects of acid rain deposition on land and water systems formed by ambient nitrates and sulfates. Section 105 provides funds to help states, locals and tribes to address the new standards for ozone and fine particulate matter - assessing transport and regional impacts, characterizing their air quality status, developing attainment plans, and implementing and assessing the effectiveness of control strategies. Strategies include regulation of stationary sources, mobile source emissions testing and trip reduction measures, participation in an interstate emissions trading program, and other innovative early reduction and voluntary measures at the local level. Funds will also go to state, local and Tribal governments to bolster their individual roles in regional efforts to reduce visibility-impairing regional haze. Funds continue to assist states, Tribes and local agencies in implementing strategies to reduce the other criteria pollutants, review data for their designation to attainment, and assist in developing plans, as necessary, to maintain compliance with standards. For air toxics, grants are provided to expand the air toxics monitoring network operated by state, tribal and local agencies in order to better characterize air toxics risks and assess the effectiveness of control strategies. Funds are also provided to help state and other agencies implement maximum achievable control technology standards (MACT) and other air toxics standards affecting the emissions of specific categories of sources. Funds also help carry out national, regional and community-based initiatives that focus on the identification and reduction of residual, multi-media and cumulative air toxics risks. Funds for acid deposition enable states to conduct analyses of the impacts of acid rain on land and water bodies, assess the effectiveness of control strategies and monitor the market-based acid rain trading program involving emissions from electric utilities. Overall, section 105 funds promote not only agency-specific air pollution prevention and control efforts but also efforts intended to address multiple pollutant, cross-media and interstate and trans-boundary.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Grant funds may be used for costs specifically incurred in the conduct of a State/Local/Tribal Air Pollution Program in accordance with the purposes enumerated in the approved application. These include personnel costs, supplies, equipment, training of personnel, travel, and other necessary expenditures during the approved project period. Funds may not be used for construction of facilities, nor for expenses incurred other than during each approved award period.

Who is eligible to apply...

Any Municipal, Intermunicipal, State, Federally Recognized Indian Tribe, or Interstate or Intertribal agency with legal responsibility for appropriate air pollution planning, development and establishment of air pollution control activities and operation of activities for grant support provided such organization furnishes funds for the current year that are equal to or in excess of its recurrent expenditures for the previous year for its air pollution program. The determination of expenditures is subject to decisions based on provisions of the Clean Air Act and applicable grant regulations. This program is available to each State, territory and possession of the U.S., including the District of Columbia. For certain competitive funding opportunities, the Agency may limit eligibility to a particular subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency?s competition policy.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

The application must supply evidence of legal authority for air pollution control; evidence of the availability of nonfederal matching funds; evidence that the Governor or his designated State agency has been given the opportunity to comment on the relationship of the program to be funded to the State plan; and a workable program officially adopted for the agency. Principles for determining allowable costs are set forth in applicable Federal management circulars described in the general grant regulations and procedures 40 CFR Part 30 (Shouldn't this be part 31?) of the Federal Regulations. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Requests for application forms and completed applications must be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Grants Administration Branch. Application must meet the requirements of the grant regulations and will be reviewed to determine merit and relevancy of the proposed project. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Procedures for awards are outlined in General Grant Regulations 40 CFR Part 31. For competitive awards, EPA will review applications, proposals or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria in the solicitation/announcement of the competitive funding opportunity. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

None.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days.

Preapplication Coordination

Discussion with the applicable EPA Regional Office is advised for air program grant applications. The standard application forms as furnished by the Environmental Protection Agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. Applications are subject to the State's review. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

As described in 40 CFR Part 31, Subpart F.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

None.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Municipalities, Intermunicipalities, States, Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, and Interstate and Intertribal agencies.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

From $7,500 to $7,000,000 per recipient; $900,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

FY 03 $180,574,600 ($169,506,600 State/local and $11,068,000 Tribal); FY 04 est not available.; and FY 05 est not available. Note: These figures include additions by Congress to the STAG appropriation for Section 105 purposes but do not include STAG funds awarded under CAA authorities other than Section 105.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

68-0103-0-1-304.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

1) State Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Control; 2) County Air Pollution Control; 3) State Boards of Health; 4) State Air Control Board; 5) State Air Resources Board; and 6) Local Air Pollution Control Agencies. Air pollution control program grants are provided to State and local control agencies for purpose of operating programs that plan and implement activities to achieve ambient air quality standards.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

Data Not Available.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

The criteria for awarding air pollution control program assistance grants are provided in the 1990 Clean Air Act, Section 105, and set forth in State and local assistance grant regulations (40 CFR 35). Some of the criteria considered for award include the following: 1) No grant may be awarded unless the program contained in the grant application meets the requirements of Section 35.140 and has been approved by the Regional Administrator. Sections 35.104 and 35.107 describe what an agency needs to do to prepare an adequate application. This usually includes the use of annual guidance from EPA and is generally done in consultation with the EPA Regional Office. 2) No grant may be awarded until the Regional Administrator has consulted with the official designated by the Governor(s) of the State(s) affected by such award pursuant to Section 105(b) of the Clean Air Act. Such consultation should consider the role of the applicant in the enforcement of any applicable implementation plan and confirm that the applicant's program will be generally compatible with the objectives of the applicable implementation plan. 3) The requirements of this Section shall not apply to Indian Tribes that have established eligibility pursuant to Section 35.573 and intertribal agencies made up of such Tribes. Pursuant to an interim rule published January 4, 1995 (FR 366) this requirement could have been waived for a limited period under specified circumstances (relative to Title V permit program approval). This waiver is no longer applicable. 4) No grant may be awarded unless the Regional Administrator has determined that the agency has adequate air pollution control authority and necessary regulations to implement such authority.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The terms of the grant shall be determined at time of grant award.

Formula and Matching Requirements

State, Interstate, and Local programs may receive up to 60 percent Federal funding. The amount of Federal share of grant costs should be determined by reference to the criteria set forth in Section 105 of the Clean Air Act and in 40 CFR 35.145. Not more than 10 percent of the funds available shall be granted for air pollution control programs in any one State. Not less than one-half of one percent of the funds are to be made available as a minimum to a State for application. However, award of these funds will be made only if the agencies within the State meet the requirements of the Act and grant regulations. For Indian Tribes establishing eligibility pursuant to Section 35.573, the Regional Administrator may provide financial assistance in an amount up to 95 percent of the approved costs of planning, developing, establishing, or improving an air pollution control program, and up to 95 percent of the approved costs of maintaining that program. After 2 years from the date of each Tribe's initial grant award, the Regional Administrator will reduce the maximum federal share to 90 percent, as long as the Regional Administrator determines that the Tribes meet certain economic indicators that would provide an objective assessment of the tribe's ability to increase its share.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

As specified in the grant award and through applicable regulations (usually quarterly, interim, and final progress and expenditure reports).

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,? non-federal entities that expend $300,000 ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 31, 2003) or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-federal entities that expend less than $300,000 ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 31, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No A-133.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for 3 years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Clean Air Act of 1990, Section 105, as amended; Public Law 101-549.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Air Pollution Control Program Grants, EPA, 40 CFR Part 35 (revised January 9, 2001); Interim Rule published January, 1995 (FR 366); General Grant Regulations and Procedures, EPA, 40 CFR Part 31.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

For program information: contact appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Additional Contact Information - FMR Help.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

For program information: William Houck, National Air Grant Coordinator, State/local (202) 564-1234; and Darryl Harmon, Tribal Air Coordinator (202) 564-7416, Office of Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC 20460. Mail Code 6102A.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: