In an effort to get Superfund sites into productive reuse, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to award up to 40 pilot projects at a top level of $100,000 each in financial assistance and services under the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.
The Superfund Redevelopment Initiative is a new program to help communities across the country restore toxic waste sites to productive use.
Ten pilot projects were previously announced during the unveiling of the initiative in July.
To be eligible for selection as a pilot, the applicant must be a political subdivision, a federally recognized tribe or a state, and have a site within its jurisdiction that is proposed or final on the National Priorities List (NPL), and where construction of the remedy is not yet complete.
Local governments that have sites within their jurisdiction that are not NPL, but at which significant involvement by EPA is planned, may also be eligible if a cleanup decision is pending.
Because the number of pilots to be awarded is limited, EPA has developed objective criteria for evaluating projects. The criteria can be found in the solicitation notice in the Federal Register on Dec. 10.
Proposals must be submitted to the agency by March 10, 2000. Selections for the pilots are expected to be announced in May 2000.
Copies of the notice can be obtained electronically through EPA's Web page at www.epa.gov/superfund/programs/recycle/proposal.htm