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Direct Cleanup and Revolving Loan Funds

Cleanup cooperative agreements provide funding for a cooperative agreement recipient to carry out cleanup activities at brownfields sites. An eligible entity may apply for up to $200,000 per site. Due to budget limitations, no entity should apply for funding cleanup activities at more than three sites. These funds may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Cleanup cooperative agreements require a 20 percent cost share, which may be in the form of a contribution of money, labor, material, or services, and must be for eligible and allowable costs (the match must equal 20 percent of the amount of funding provided by EPA and cannot include administrative costs). A cleanup cooperative agreement applicant may request a waiver of the 20 percent cost share requirement based on hardship. An applicant must own the site for which it is requesting funding at time of application or demonstrate the ability to acquire title prior to award. The performance period for these cooperative agreements is three years.

Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Cooperative Agreements

The EPA Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program is designed to enable eligible states, cities, towns, counties, U.S. territories, and tribes to capitalize revolving loan funds that will be used to safely clean up brownfields so as to facilitate their sustainable reuse. EPA provides financial assistance to an eligible entity (e.g., a municipality) to establish its own revolving loan fund that will be used to make loans for authorized purposes (i.e., brownfields cleanups). This fund is termed revolving because it uses loan repayments to make new loans for the same authorized purposes. Recipients of the RLF cooperative agreement will use the monies to fund cleanup activities. RLF monies may not be used to pay for non-environmental response or redevelopment activities (e.g., construction of a new facility or marketing of property). Use of RLF funds must be in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liabilities Act (CERCLA), and all CERCLA restrictions on use of funding also apply to RLF cooperative agreement recipients. The RLF monies may not be lent to potentially responsible parties (PRPs) at the site(s), unless they meet a CERCLA exemption from liability as an owner/operator, or unless the RLF recipient finds that EPA could use its enforcement discretion (as described in EPA guidance) to not pursue the party in question under CERCLA. An RLF can be awarded up to $1,000,000 dollars and the performance period for these cooperative appreemnts is five years.

Current Cleanup and Revolving Loan Fund Cooperative Agreements in EPA Region 7:

Cedar Rapids
Des Moines
Sioux City

Kansas Department of Health & Environment
United Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City

Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority
Heartland Regional Community Foundation, St. Joseph
Kansas City
KC Port Authority, Jackson and Cass Counties
St. Joseph
St. Louis County
St. Louis Development Corporation

Creighton University, Omaha

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