[Federal Register Volume 66, Number 67 (Friday, April 6, 2001)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 01-8496]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
State Activities To Quantify and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions:
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice; solicitation of applications.
SUMMARY: Today's document announces the availability of funds and
solicits proposals from state agencies involved with climate change and
air quality issues, for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories and
GHG mitigation plans. To this purpose, EPA will make available grants
of up to $25,000 (for inventories) and up to $75,000 (for mitigation
plans) to each recipient in the form of cooperative agreements.
DATES: Deadline for Intents to Apply: April 30, 2001.
Proposal Submissions Deadline: May 31, 2001.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denise Mulholland, (202) 564-3471.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This solicitation notice falls under the
authority of section 103 of the Clean Air Act. The Catalog of Federal
Domestic Assistance number for this notice is 66.606.
Contents by Section
I. Eligible Entities
III. Overview and Deadlines
IV. Funding Issues
V. Selection Criteria
VI. Evaluation and Selection
VIII. Other Items of Interest
IX. How to Apply
I. Eligible Entities
Organizations being targeted for cooperative agreements include but
are not limited to state environmental agencies, energy offices,
economic development agencies, and public utility commissions.
501(c)(4) entities and profit-makers are not eligible.
State governments will be affected by the environmental impacts of
climate change. This Request for Proposals (RFP) will enable state
authorities : (1) To understand the magnitude and sources of their GHG
emissions (inventories--Phase I); and (2) to evaluate, and ultimately
implement, policies, technologies and programs that reduce GHG
emissions while providing economic and environmental (e.g. clean air)
benefits (mitigation plans--Phase II).
For state agencies, changes in climate are likely to make
protection of the public's health, environment and economy more
difficult. Increased temperatures during the summer are expected to
increase the number of ozone exceedances, increase wetland losses
through sea level rise, affect ecosystems and impact water resources
through changes in precipitation amounts and seasonality. Changes in
climate are expected to contribute to increases in heat-related deaths
brought on by hotter summers and more or longer heat waves, encourage
the proliferation and migration of disease-carrying mosquitoes and
increase the incidence of infectious diseases such as encephalitis,
malaria, and dengue. From an economic perspective, changes in climate
are expected to have their greatest impact on economies based on
natural resources, such as agriculture and forestry, as well as
recreation and tourism. Changes in climate, because of the likelihood
of more extreme weather events, threaten state and regional business
sectors and infrastructure, such as roadways, bridges, storm sewers,
flood control levees and water supplies.
Current state policies directly affect many sources of GHG
emissions, for example, through control of transportation, land use,
solid waste disposal, building codes and procurement practices. This
control is exercised, for example, by promulgating and enforcing
regulations, collecting revenues and establishing utility guidelines.
States therefore have the opportunity to reduce GHG emissions while
capitalizing on the co-benefits of GHG mitigation actions. Among the
co-benefits are creating jobs, developing new markets for environmental
technologies, improving air quality, protecting public health, reducing
energy costs, reducing landfill costs, etc.
Therefore, EPA's State and Local Capacity Building Branch seeks to
support up to 10 state governments with the voluntary development of
programs to identify and/or analyze GHG emissions and mitigation
options. Through this Notice, EPA seeks proposals for greenhouse gas
inventories and mitigation plans to complement existing inventories and
plans. Thirty-five states \1\ and Puerto Rico have prepared or are in
the process of preparing baseline GHG emission inventories by gas and
source; EPA provides guidance for preparing inventories (available
online at http://www.epa.gov/ttnchie1/eiip/techreport/volume08/index.html_). Samples of these inventories are online at http://yosemite.epa.gov/globalwarming/ghg.nsf/emissions/StateAuthoredInventories. Inventories are the foundation for analyzing
mitigation options and developing a state action plan. Twenty-six
states \2\ and Puerto Rico have completed or are preparing state action
plans; EPA provides a guidance book for preparing action plans
(available online at http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/publications/reference/stateguidance/index.html). Samples of these action plans are
available online at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/globalwarming/ghg.nsf/actions/StateActionPlans. In order to broaden the base of information
available about state greenhouse gas emissions and potential mitigation
options, OAP will give priority to proposals for inventories and action
plans that do not duplicate existing work and that do incorporate clean
air and other co-benefits.
\1\ Current Phase I states: Alabama, California, Colorado,
Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota,
Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New Mexico, New York, North Carolina , Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and
\2\ Current Phase II states: Alabama, California, Colorado,
Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New
Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.
III. Overview and Deadlines
In today's Notice, OAP is soliciting proposals for state greenhouse
gas inventories and mitigation plans. These will enable states to
understand the magnitude and sources of their GHG emissions and to
evaluate, and eventually implement, voluntary programs to reduce those
emissions while achieving economic and environmental co-benefits. OAP
is particularly interested in proposals that result in new
partnerships, involve an array of state agencies and stakeholders, and
address the links between clean air and climate change.
Interested persons can obtain copies of this solicitation at no
charge by accessing EPA's Global Warming website at: http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/visitorcenter/decisionmakers/index.html
In order to efficiently manage the selection process, the Office of
Atmospheric Programs requests that an informal ``Intent to Apply'' be
submitted by April 30, 2001. (Please provide project title or subject
and email address and indicate if you plan to take part in either of
the informational conference calls). An ``Intent to Apply'' simply
states in the form of e-mail, phone, or fax that your organization
intends to submit a proposal to be received by the deadline. Submitting
an ``Intent to Apply'' does not commit an organization to submit a
proposal. The ``Intent to Apply'' is an optional submission; those not
submitting an ``Intent to Apply'' may still apply by the deadline.
The deadline for submitting completed proposals (original and one
copy) is May 31, 2001. (Instructions for submitting Intents to Apply
and Proposals are found in section IX below.) The Office of Atmospheric
Programs expects to complete the Evaluation/Selection process and make
recommendations to the grants office in July 2001. Applicants will be
notified if they have been recommended for funding by July 31, 2001.
Agreements will be issued in August/September, 2001.
To ensure that every agency interested in participation has an
opportunity to gain any needed additional information useful to the
application process, OAP has scheduled two sets of conference calls.
The first pair of calls is primarily intended to help agencies decide
whether this competition is appropriate for them prior to the deadline
for submitting an Intent to Apply. The second pair of calls is intended
to assist agencies with questions about the proper completion and
submission of their proposals. The content of the calls is entirely
dependent upon the questions asked. The dates and times of these calls,
with the call-in phone numbers and access codes, are:
Wednesday, April 18, from 4:00-5 p.m., EST (phone number: (202) 260-
7280; access code: 8901#)
Thursday, April 19, from 4:00-5 p.m., EST (phone number: (202) 260-
7280; access code: 8901#)
Wednesday, May 9, from 3:00-5 p.m., EST (phone number: (202) 260-8330;
access code: 0765#)
Thursday, May 10, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., EST (phone number: (202) 260-
1015; access code 3661#)
Questions and answers from the conference calls will be summarized and
posted as soon as possible on the EPA Global Warming website; the
precise web location of the summaries will be announced at http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/visitorcenter/decisionmakers/index.html.
In order to ensure that all applicants have access to the same
information, the only forums for posing substantive questions on the
competition are these conference calls. Except for responses to
procedural questions (e.g. due dates, proposal formats), EPA will not
provide other assistance prior to final submission of applications.
IV. Funding Issues
For FY01, approximately $250,000 in funding will be available for
approximately 4 to 10 cooperative agreements to develop climate
activities at the state levels. The two focuses of cooperative
agreements for FY01 are:
Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories for the year 1990 and
the most current year for which data are available. Funds available
from EPA: up to $25,000 per cooperative agreement; 1 to 10 cooperative
agreements expected to be awarded.
Action Plans: analysis of greenhouse gas mitigation
options and their co-benefits. Funds available from EPA: up to $75,000
per cooperative agreement; 1 to 3 cooperative agreements expected to be
Matching funds are not required.
V. Selection Criteria
Each eligible proposal will be evaluated according to the criteria
set forth below. Proposals which are best able to directly and
explicitly address the primary criteria will have a greater likelihood
of being selected as a recipient for the assistance competition
discussed in today's notice. Each proposal will be rated under a points
system, with 65 points possible for inventories and 130 points possible
for action plans.
The proposals will be ranked according to the following criteria
and maximum point allocation:
Maximum points per
criterion for phase
Workplan, including evaluation plan and time 20 20
frame, that is detailed and reasonable. This
should include a clearly- stated and
Project is to be performed by state 10 10
environmental agencies, energy offices,
economic development agencies, and public
utility commissions or combinations of
agencies. Projects by organizations that
support the efforts of such agencies will
also be considered provided that there will
be significant involvement of state agencies.
Evidence of multi-stakeholder involvement, 20 20
such as the creation of a work group that
will meet regularly to facilitate project
A complete and reasonable outreach plan to 10 10
make the report available to the public.
Coordination with other entities (non-
profits, private sector, state agencies,
local agencies) on an outreach plan is
Geographic representation. Preference will be 5 5
given to areas of the country that are
performing fewer activities to reduce GHG
emissions. Projects should also demonstrate
sustainability after cooperative agreement
funds have been expended.....................
Consideration of clean air benefits (SO2, NOX, N/A 10
particulate matter, volatile organics, CO,
O3, etc) resulting from greenhouse gas
mitigation options. Inclusion of co-benefits
information in education and outreach efforts
Calculation of potential GHG emission N/A 20
reductions and other co-benefits such as jobs
created or energy savings. Calculations
should include annual benefits by completion
date of project, by the year 2010 and by the
year 2020. Support documentation must be
submitted and should define and justify
assumptions (e.g., market penetration rates).
Mechanism to monitor and report annual N/A 15
recommendations/results (tons, economic
benefits, outreach results, etc) after the
Completion of Phase I for 1990 and most N/A 20
current year GHG data is available...........
Total points possible..................... 65 130
VI. Evaluation and Selection
Each proposal will be evaluated by a team chosen to address a full
range of climate change and air quality concerns and EPA program
expertise. The team will base its evaluation solely on the criteria
identified in this Notice. Completed evaluations will be referred to a
Selection Committee of OAP managers who are responsible for final
selection. Applicants will be notified promptly after this process
regarding their proposal's status.
Proposals will be reviewed and agreements will be issued according
to the following schedule:
RFP issued: April 4, 2001.
Intent to Apply: April 30, 2001.
Proposals deadline: May 31, 2001.
Review: June 2001.
Recommendations: July 2001.
Notification letters mailed: by July 31, 2001.
Agreements issued: August-September 2001.
The proposal must be submitted with the completed federal grant
application forms and be a maximum of fifteen (15) pages (no less than
1.5 line spacing, no less than 12 pt font, 1 inch margins), excluding
federal forms. The complete grants application package can be
downloaded from: http://www.epa.gov/region4/grantpgs/grants.htm. The
proposal should conform to the following outline:
2. Applicant (Organization) and contact name, phone number, fax and
3. Summary of funds requested from EPA
4. Project period: beginning and ending dates (for planning
purposes, applicants should assume funds will be available in August
or September 2001). Projects must be completed within two years of
5. Project purpose: goals and objectives
6. Supporting and/or coordinating agencies and private sector
parties and their roles
7. Previous or current climate change activities and their status.
8. Outreach and education plan and participants
9. Description of results and products
10. Methods for calculating GHG emission reductions and economic and
environmental co-benefits, including clean air benefits (Phase II
11. Project evaluation plan--including mechanism for monitoring and
reporting future results (Phase II only) on an annual basis
12. Workplan--The narrative workplan should not exceed 5 pages and
(a) detailed description of all tasks;
(b) dates of initiation and completion;
(c) products and deliverables; and
(d) proposed budget for each task
13. Report Schedule: Acknowledgement of quarterly report requirement
(schedule established by EPA) and planned final report submission
14. Budget: provide a budget for the following categories:
--Total Direct Costs
--Total Indirect Costs: must include documentation of accepted
VIII. Other Questions
1. Does this funding expire at the end of Fiscal Year 2001? Will two
year projects be considered?
Funding does not expire at the end of fiscal year 2001. The budget
and cost estimates for two year projects should indicate what will be
accomplished in each of the first and second years. The total amount of
the grant does not change if the project period extends beyond two
2. May an eligible organization submit more than one proposal?
No. Organizations may receive funding for the development of either
an inventory or an action plan, but not both.
3. May an eligible organization resubmit a proposal which was
previously submitted to another competition for funding, but was not
IX. How To Apply
Intents to Apply may take the form of email, fax, or phone call to
the program contact, Denise Mulholland, (address listed below; phone:
(202) 564-3471; fax: (202) 565-2095; email: [email protected].)
Please include organization, contact, phone and project title and
indicate if you plan to take part in one of the conference calls.
Please submit informal intents to apply by April 30, 2001.
(Remember, the Intent to Apply is not required and will have no bearing
on the judging process, we encourage it for the benefit of our planning
process only. Submission of the Intent to Apply does not commit the
applicant to submit a proposal.) Submission of an Intent to Apply or a
proposal does not guarantee funding. EPA reserves the right to reject
all applications and make no awards.
Completed Application Packages must be postmarked or received by
regular or express mail on or before midnight May 31, 2001. Please
provide an original and one copy. The application package should be
submitted to Denise Mulholland at the following address: Mailing
Address: OAR Office of Atmospheric Programs, State and Local Capacity
Building Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Mailcode 6205J), Washington, DC 20460.
Shipping Address: OAR Office of Atmospheric Programs, State and
Local Capacity Building Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
501 3rd St., NW., room 276, Washington, DC 20460.
Deadline for Completed Final Proposals must be received or
postmarked no later than midnight on May 31, 2001.
Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1875(b).
Dated: March 30, 2001.
Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Office of Air and Radiation,
Environmental Protection Agency.
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