Transport of Transuranic Wastes to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: States and Tribal Concerns, Prop

To enlist cooperation among the Tribal and the Southern, Western, Northeast, and Midwest state governments along the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) shipping corridors in developing plans and procedures for the safe and uneventful transportation of transuranic waste from current temporary storage
facilities to the WIPP.
Examples of Funded Projects

Details on funded projects for transportation and emergency response planning activities are contained in State and tribal work plans submitted to the Carlsbad Field Office.


Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Office - Department of Energy, Carlsbad Field Office, P.O.

Box 3090, Carlsbad, NM 88221-3090.

Contact: Bill Mackie, Institutional Affairs Manager, Telephone: (575) 234-7335.
Website Address

http://www.em.doe.gov/



Program Accomplishments

Funds were awarded to program participants for emergency training, equipment, and public information to support the shipment of transuranic waste to WIPP. As new transportation corridors are scheduled to open, the affected States and Indian Tribes will be funded accordingly.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The participating States, tribes, and the DOE will work to develop, coordinate, and implement activities in accident prevention, emergency preparedness, and public information programs to help ensure the safe transportation of transuranic waste to the WIPP site and safe disposal operations.

Financial assistance is provided to support cooperation among the tribes, the Southern, Western, Northeastern, and Midwestern states along the WIPP shipping corridors, in developing plans and procedures for the safe uneventful transportation of transuranic waste from current temporary storage facilities to WIPP.

Restrictions on the use of these funds depend on the specific collaborative agreement.

Applicants must meet the guidelines established by DOE.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligibility is restricted by action of the Western Governors' Association, Southern States Energy Board, the State of New Mexico, Council of State Governments (midwest and eastern regions), and tribal governments along WIPP transportation routes.

DOE administers agreements with 10 southern State governments, two Midwest state governments, and two northeast state governments.

The Western Governors' Association is the negotiating body for 12 western states on the WIPP transportation route.

Each tribal government on the WIPP transportation route elected to represent themselves.

Participation in this program is restricted to the above list of organizations and to the 8 affected tribal governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Benefits from this program will go to DOE and the State and tribal governments located on the WIPP disposal phase shipping corridor.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Agreements are noncompetitive among Department of Energy (DOE), the Western Governors' Association, Southern states, tribal governments, and the State of New Mexico.

No other organizations may participate in this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Midwest and Northeast states are funded by WIPP through an Agreement between these regions and the DOE Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC).

Application Procedures

After informal communication, a formal proposal by the applicants is submitted to the DOE Carlsbad Field Office. Note: All eligible parties are participating in the program and applications from others will not be accepted.

Award Procedures

Decisions are made by DOE Carlsbad Field Office. Award documents are then prepared.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

National Security and Military Application of Nuclear Energy Authorization Act, Public Law 96-164; Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Land Withdrawal Act, Public Law 102-579, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Schedule for DOE payments will be established during negotiations.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

A reporting schedule will be established during negotiations.

Audits

Audits will be conducted to ensure that funding is properly used. Audits will be performed at appropriate intervals depending on the duration of the project.

Records

The grantee is expected to maintain records to fulfill auditing needs.

Financial Information

Account Identification

89-0242-0-1-053.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 $5,631,556; FY 08 $3,610,000; and FY 09 $6,569,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000 to $2,015,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

DOE Financial Assistance Rules and 10 CFR 600 applies.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Department of Energy, Carlsbad Field Office, P.O. Box 3090, Carlsbad, NM 88221-3090. Contact: Bill Mackie, Institutional Affairs Manager, Telephone: (575) 234-7335.

Headquarters Office

Office of Environmental Management, Federal Disposition Options, Department of Energy, Washington, DC 20585. Contact: Mary Bisesi., Telephone: (301) 903-7416.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The awards are restricted to the entities listed in the "Applicant Eligibility" portion of this program listing. Eligibility is restricted by action of the Western Governors' Association, Southern States Energy Board, the State of New Mexico, and tribal governments along WIPP transportation routes. DOE administers agreements with 10 southern State governments, two mid-west State governments, and zero northeast state governments (at the current time). The Western Governors' Association is the negotiating body for 12 western states on the WIPP transportation route. Each tribal government on the WIPP transportation route elected to represent themselves. Participation in this program is restricted to the above list of organizations and to the 8 affected tribal governments.



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