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Superfund

Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Program

Overview

A Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) helps communities participate in Superfund cleanup decision-making. It provides funding to community groups to contract their own technical advisor to interpret and explain technical reports, site condi­tions, and EPA’s proposed cleanup proposals and decisions. An initial grant up to $50,000 is available to qualified community groups.

Congress made public involvement in decision-making an important part of the Superfund process when the program was established by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980. Congress wanted to ensure that the people whose lives were affected by abandoned hazardous wastes would have a say in the actions taken to clean up sites. The role of community members in the Superfund process was further strengthened in the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA). With SARA, Congress created EPA's TAG program. TAGs are available at Superfund sites on EPA's National Priorities List (NPL) or proposed for listing on the NPL, and for which a response action has begun. The NPL is a list of the most hazardous waste sites nationwide.

The documents below provide an overview of the TAG program:

Federal Regulations Concerning the TAG Program

TAG Resources

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Application Information
 

  • Superfund Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Application Forms with Instructions
    Instructions (Part 1) (PDF)(28 pp, 1.6 MB) | Instructions (Part 2) (PDF)(26 pp, 6.7 MB) | Blank Forms (PDF)(11 pp, 803 K)
    This publication provides detailed instructions and the blank forms you need to apply for a TAG. The most recent forms can be found at the Office of Grants and Debarment (OGD) website.
     
  • EPA's Office of Grants and Debarment (OGD)
    **Includes updated forms and instructions for including a DUNS identification number on SF 424, which now is required for all federal assistance applications. (Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line at 1-866-705-5711.) Be sure to download ALL THREE PARTS of the document. Note: Contact your Regional TAG Coordinator before filling out a TAG application.
     
  • Sample Letter of Intent (Hyperlink is currently unavailable)
    Provides an example of how to construct a TAG letter of intent.
     
  • EPA Grant Writing Tutorial
    Provides tips for writing a competitive grant proposal and preparing a budget.
     
  • Making Sure Your TAG Gets Environmental Results (PDF)(3 pp, 124 K)
    Provides instructions to TAG applicants for incorporating environmental result outputs and outcomes in TAG applications, and to TAG recipient groups for reporting on environmental result outputs and outcomes in quarterly progress reports.
     
  • EPA Grants Information
    Provides information about various EPA grant and fellowship programs.

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TAG Management Information

TAG Recipient Manual

Provides detailed information and tools for managing a TAG. This information has been organized into nine separate sections for easy downloading.
Note: TAG recipients should continue to work closely with their EPA project officer/regional TAG coordinator and follow the requirements specified in the approved TAG agreement to make sure all TAG requirements are met.

Now Available:

*Note: Blank forms are also available for download through the Office of Grants and Debarment (OGD).

Regulations and References

October 2, 2000, Federal Register Notice: Final Rule on Technical Assistance Grant Program (PDF)(20 pp, 374 K)
EPA published the final rule for the TAG program under CERCLA on October 2, 2000. This rule is EPA's regulation for the TAG program.

  • 40 CFR part 30
    EPA's general regulations for recipients of EPA grants and other EPA grants for nonprofit organizations.
     
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars
    Circular A-110
    This document, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organizations, outlines government-wide requirements for grants to non-profit organizations, including EPA TAGs.

    Circular A-122
    This document, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations, establishes principles for determining the cost of grants, contracts and other agreements with non-profit organizations.

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Capacity-Building Assistance for TAG Recipients

TAG recipients can become members of organizations, both nonprofit and for-profit, that provide capacity-building assistance and required membership fees may be reimbursed by the TAG grant. These organizations can assist TAG recipients by developing ways to increase membership in the TAG group, formulating strategies to build the capacity of the TAG organization, providing assistance in reaching the broader community impacted by a given site or by connecting the TAG recipient with similar community organizations across the country. TAG recipients should work closely with their Regional TAG Coordinators if interested in this additional resource.

Frequent Questions

  1. How is this assistance provided to TAG recipients?

The assistance can be provided online, over the phone or in person. There are a number of capacity-building organizations that provide pro-bono capacity-building assistance through their websites. (TAG grants, however, cannot reimburse any expenses associated with capacity-building staff traveling to assist TAG recipients. These expenses would need to be covered by the TAG recipient.)

  1. Are there limitations regarding how TAG funds can be used?

TAG recipients can request capacity-building assistance from organizations that provide these resources either pro-bono or through a membership fee. TAG recipients should work with their regional TAG coordinators to ensure these membership fees are reasonable and allocable (e.g., specifically related to the TAG work being performed). Organizations that provide capacity-building assistance through a fee-for-service arrangement (charged at an hourly rate) are not specifically included in this collaboration. If assistance is to be requested from a fee-for-service organization, TAG recipients will need to follow the procurement regulations in 40 CFR 35.4210 to obtain these services.

  1. What benefits can TAG recipients derive from capacity-building organizations?

Organizations that provide capacity-building assistance may be able to assist TAG recipients by providing networking assistance with other environmental organizations; developing communication tools for the TAG recipient to reach the broader community; formulating strategies to ensure the organization is financially sustainable; assisting the TAG grantee with organizational development and strategic planning; and developing ways for the grantee to expand their membership.

  1. Are there additional limitations regarding how TAG recipients can use grant funding to receive capacity-building assistance?

TAG recipients cannot use capacity-building organizations in regards to actions that would be prohibited under 40 CFR Part 35 or 40 CFR Part 30. For instance, TAG recipients cannot use a capacity-building organization to lobby and the assistance provided by the capacity-building organization should be non-advocacy in nature.

  1. Is there a list of capacity-building organizations that can assist TAG recipients?

Yes. A detailed list of capacity-building organizations that provide resources either pro-bono or through a membership fee is available.

This list is provided for informational purposes only. EPA and the United States government do not endorse any particular organization or entity.

  1. I am aware of other organizations that provide capacity-building assistance either pro-bono or through a membership fee. Who do I contact to have these organizations added to the list?

Please contact Region 1 TAG Coordinator Robert Shewack to add capacity-building organizations to the existing list. The organization proposed for listing: (a) must have prior experience providing capacity-building assistance to communities impacted by toxic sites; (b) be able to provide assistance either pro-bono or for a membership fee; (c) cannot be listed on the Excluded Parties List; and (d) no endorsement is implied.

Region 1 TAG Coordinator Robert Shewack: shewack.robert@epa.gov | 617-918-1428

 

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TAGs in Communities

              The TAG Program: By the Numbers

                             (1988-2015)

 
Total TAGs Awarded 345
Superfund Sites with TAGs Awarded 288
Currently Active TAGs 55

Map of TAG Awards

Last Update: February 2016

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Communities Currently Receiving TAG support

Contact Us

For more information on the TAG program, please locate your state and EPA Region on the map below and contact the appropriate EPA Regional TAG Coordinator.

Map of the US, split into EPA regions Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakaota, Utah, Wyoming Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

EPA Regional TAG Coordinators

Robert Shewack
EPA Region 1

(ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT)
(617) 918-1428
shewack.robert@epa.gov

Arlene Chin
EPA Region 2

(NY, NJ, PR, VI)
(212) 637-3408
chin.arlene@epa.gov

Gina Soscia
EPA Region 3

(PA, DE, DC, MD, VA, WV)
(215) 814-5538
soscia.gina@epa.gov

Jackie Dendy | Chinwe Ozulumba
EPA Region 4

(KY, TN, NC, SC, MS, AL, GA, FL)
(404) 562-8876 (J) | (404) 562-8476 (C)
dendy.jackie@epa.gov | ozulumba.chinwe@epa.gov

Susan Pastor
EPA Region 5

(IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
(312) 353-1325
pastor.susan@epa.gov

Janetta Coats
EPA Region 6

(NM, TX, OK, AR, LA)
(214) 665-7308
coats.janetta@epa.gov

Pamela Houston
EPA Region 7

(NE, KS, IA, MO)
(913) 551-7699
houston.pamela@epa.gov

Sisay Ashenafi
EPA Region 8

(MT, ND, WY, SD, UT, CO)
(303) 312-6138
ashenafi.sisay@epa.gov

Jackie Lane
EPA Region 9

(CA, NV, AZ, HI, and Pacific Territories)
(415) 972-3226
lane.jackie@epa.gov

Julie Congdon
EPA Region 10

(WA, OR, ID, AK)
(206) 553-2752
congdon.julie@epa.gov


Headquarters

Freya Margand
National TAG Coordinator

(703) 603-8889
margand.freya@epa.gov

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