The consolidated program support grant is an alternative assistance delivery mechanism which allows an Insular Territory responsible for continuing pollution control programs to develop an integrated approach to pollution control.
programs may consolidate its assistance requests into a single application and receive a single consolidated award in an effort to reduce administrative and application costs.
The consolidated grants program does not represent funding in addition to grants provided under individual authorities, but merely represents the amount of consolidation taking place within the Agency's total grant appropriations.
Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: To provide technical and managerial support in relation to our consolidated environmental program grants for the protection of public health and welfare in the Territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (hereinafter referred to as "Insular Areas.") Funding priorities for the fiscal year include: (1) Clean and Safe Water: (a) Safe Drinking Water - To provide on-site technical assistance, training, funding towards building capacity at water utilities and environmental protection agencies, and addressing funding shortages for drinking water infrastructure improvements.
We will work with DOI's Office of Insular Affairs and other federal agencies to explore ways of addressing the growing gap between available federal funding and the capital needs for sound infrastructure (b) Clean Water - To provide on-site technical assistance, training, funding, capacity building to utilities and environmental agencies for construction of wastewater treatment facilities; to assist government agencies in the development of surveillance, monitoring, and enforcement programs for streams, lakes, marine water, marine sediment, and coral reef protection through our comprehensive Watershed Management program that protects human health and the environment.
(2) Preserve Land: To provide on-site technical assistance, training, and information exchange with other governments and international agencies to establish a regional recycling program that would reduce waste and the need for landfill area and eliminate possible incineration; to continue to inspections and establish training to prevent petroleum releases by working with environmental agencies, utilities, and Department of Defense by instituting comprehensive training, inspection, and on scene coordination concerning emergency responses.
(3) Health Communities and Ecosystems: Reduce chemical and biological risks - To provide on-site technical assistance, training, capacity building, funding to eliminate the exposure to hazardous and nonhazardous chemicals, toxic waste, and pesticides for the protection of public health and the environment.
Assist government with the removal and remediation of toxic and pesticide wastes; eliminate the illegal importation and improper use of pesticides; promote sustainable development; provide an information exchange and partnership for the utilization of international treaties regarding the transport and disposal of hazardous materials and waste.
(4) Compliance and Environmental Stewardship: To provide on-site technical assistance, training, capacity building, and funding to continue to establish and develop key partnerships with territorial government agencies and federal agencies for enforcement issues concerning land based pollution, illegal toxic releases, and protection of the marine environment.
As a result of EPA's continuing leadership and on-site assistance, the territorial governments look to EPA as a leader for all issues concerning environmental management and protection.