American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

 The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed into law on February 17, 2009, provides $787 billion across the nation to provide funding for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for the federal fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Title VII of the ARRA provides funding for US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where over $47 million was allocated to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in support for:
  • Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Program (DERA)
  • Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund Program (LUST)
  • water quality management planning activities through Clean Water Act 604(b) grants
  • wastewater infrastructure needs through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program (CWSRF)
Through the DERA grant, DEQ has been allocated $1.73 million. The DERA program will award competitive grants from the ARRA for Louisiana Clean Diesel Grant Program for projects that maximize the benefits to public health, create and/or sustain existing jobs, and reduce diesel emissions in Louisiana. Awarded recipients will achieve diesel emissions reductions by retrofitting, upgrading, replacement, or reduced idling from on-road and off-road diesel engines and equipment. All projects shall use EPA or California Air Resource Board (CARB) Verified Technologies.   The DEQ will fund 100% for retrofits (exhaust controls), 100% for idle reduction, 100% for engine upgrade, 50% for engine replacement, and 25% for new vehicles. DEQ has been awarded these funds and is developing the guidance to solicit for projects. All projects must be solicited within 30 days of award and expended by September 30, 2010.  A copy of the solicitation can be obtained by clicking here.
 
Through the LUST grant, DEQ has been allocated $2.68 million. The LUST program will provide funding to provide assistance to respond to petroleum releases from UST’s where owners and operators are unknown, unwilling or unable to take corrective actions themselves, and in emergency situations. These funds will be used to increase the pace of cleaning up UST releases into the environment that have already occurred, but have not yet been cleaned up. Based on requirements of the ARRA and guidance provided by EPA, DEQ has applied for the funds and is awaiting award from EPA.
 
Through the 604(b) grant, DEQ has been allocated $435,200.  The 604(b) program must allocate at least 40% of the funds to regional public comprehensive planning organizations (RPCPO’s). EPA has encouraged states to use 20% of the funds to conduct appropriate planning activities with regard to green infrastructure, water or energy improvements and other environmentally innovative activities. In addition, EPA recommends that the states strongly consider funding activities to develop Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL’s). Based on these requirement and guidance, DEQ has applied for the funds and is negotiating with EPA on the ARRA workplan to fund the activities and the award from EPA.
 
Through the CWSRF, DEQ has been allocated over $43 million to to provide subsidies to municipalities for their publically owned treatment works projects by providing funding for waste water infrastructure needs. 20% of funds must be used for projects to address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements or other environmentally innovative activities. fund wastewater projects across the State of Louisiana. To read more about the CWSRF program under ARRA, click here.  

LINKS

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Louisiana ARRA Federal Tracking

EPA Region 6

                                                                                                

 

ARRA FORMS AND REPORTING

DERA Workplan                               604(b) Workplan                            1607 Certification

LUST Workplan                                Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Report

CWSRF Section 1511 Certification

 

 

 

 Page last updated: June 9, 2009

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