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WAC 173-322A-300

Site assessment grants.

(1) Purpose. The purpose of site assessment grants is to provide funding to local governments that conduct initial investigations and site hazard assessments on behalf of the department. The department retains the authority to review and verify results and make determinations based on the initial investigations and site hazard assessments conducted by local governments.
(2) Project eligibility. To be eligible for a site assessment grant, a project must meet all of the following requirements:
(a) The applicant must be a local health district or department;
(b) The department has agreed the applicant may conduct initial investigations or site hazard assessments on its behalf; and
(c) The scope of work for initial investigations and site hazard assessments must conform to WAC 173-340-310 and 173-340-320 and applicable department guidelines.
(3) Funding priority. The department will prioritize eligible projects for funding or limit funding for eligible projects based on the priorities in WAC 173-322A-210 and the following factors:
(a) The need for initial investigations or site hazard assessments within the jurisdiction of the applicant, as determined by the department;
(b) The population within the jurisdiction of the applicant; and
(c) The performance of the applicant under prior site assessment grant agreements.
(4) Application process.
(a) Project solicitation. Biennially, the department will solicit project proposals from local governments to develop its budget and update its ten-year financing plan for remedial action grants and loans. The department may update its ten-year financing plan as needed during the biennium. Project proposals must be submitted on forms provided by the department and include sufficient information to make the determinations in (c) of this subsection. To be considered for inclusion in the department's budget for remedial action grants and loans, project proposals should be submitted by the dates published by the department.
(b) Application submittal. Applications must be submitted on forms provided by the department and include sufficient information to make the determinations in (c) and (d) of this subsection. Completed applications should be submitted by the dates published by the department.
(c) Project evaluation and ranking. Project proposals and applications will be reviewed by the department for completeness and evaluated to determine:
(i) Project eligibility under subsection (2) of this section; and
(ii) Funding priority under subsection (3) of this section.
(d) Agreement development. The department will make funding decisions only after funds have been appropriated. After deciding to fund an eligible project, the department will negotiate with the applicant the scope of work and budget for the grant and develop the agreement. The department will consider:
(i) Funding priority under subsection (3) of this section;
(ii) Cost eligibility under subsections (5) and (6) of this section;
(iii) Allowable funding under subsection (7) of this section; and
(iv) Availability of state funds and other funding sources.
(e) Fund management. The department may adjust funding levels or fund additional eligible projects during a biennium if additional funds should become available.
(5) Cost eligibility. To be eligible for funding, a project cost must be eligible under this subsection and the terms of the grant agreement and be approved by the department.
(a) Eligible costs. Eligible costs for a site assessment grant include reasonable costs for the following:
(i) Initial investigations under WAC 173-340-310;
(ii) Site hazard assessments under WAC 173-340-320; and
(iii) Administrative or technical support for initial investigations or site hazard assessments performed by the department.
(b) Ineligible costs. Ineligible costs for a site assessment grant include, but are not limited to, the following:
(i) The cost of developing the grant application or negotiating the grant agreement;
(ii) The cost of dispute resolution under the grant agreement;
(iii) Retroactive costs, except as provided under subsection (6) of this section;
(iv) Legal costs including, but not limited to, the cost of seeking legal advice, pursuing cost recovery, contribution, or insurance claims, participating in administrative hearings, pursuing penalties or civil or criminal actions against persons, defending actions taken against the recipient, penalties incurred by the recipient, and any attorney fees incurred by the recipient;
(v) The cost of testing buildings and other structures for drug use residuals;
(vi) The cost of testing buildings and other structures for radon, lead paint, or asbestos that is not required as a remedial action under chapter 70.105D RCW or the federal cleanup law; and
(vii) In-kind contributions.
(6) Retroactive cost eligibility. Retroactive costs are eligible for funding if the costs are incurred between the start of the biennium and the agreement signature date and are eligible under subsection (5) of this section.
(7) Funding of eligible costs.
(a) Department share. The department may fund up to one hundred percent of the eligible costs.
(b) Recipient share. The recipient shall fund the percentage of the eligible costs not funded by the department under (a) of this subsection. The recipient may not use in-kind contributions to meet this requirement.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.105D RCW. WSR 14-18-060 (Order 13-09), ยง 173-322A-300, filed 8/29/14, effective 9/29/14.]
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