[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 7 (Thursday, January 11, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 1320-1325]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-248]


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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, 
healy.richard@epa.gov.

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 http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants. 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: center.water-resource@epa.gov).

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.
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(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.
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    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 http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants/. 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:

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                                                           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
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    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 
http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants/.
    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 www.epa.gov/waterscience/
beaches/contact.html 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 http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/grants/. 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; healy.richard@epa.gov.
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; 
liebman.matt@epa.gov.
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; grebe.helen@epa.gov.
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; 
crawford.tiffany@epa.gov.
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; hansel.joel@epa.gov.
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; 
wirick.holiday@epa.gov.
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; schaub.mike@epa.gov.
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; 
fleming.terrence@epa.gov.
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; pedersen.rob@epa.gov.

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