Financial Assistance

DNR Awards $336,000 in WAM Funds to Nine Wisconsin Communities

Brownfields cleanup projects in nine communities across the state have gained momentum in recent weeks with the granting of awards worth a total of $336,000 from the Department of Natural Resources. The help comes from the DNR’s Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM) program, which provides grants to eligible recipients in the form of contractor services to investigate potential soil or groundwater contamination at the site.

The communities that have received recent awards include Allouez, Appleton, Eleva, Janesville, Marinette, Prairie du Chien, Stoughton, Watertown and Winneconne.

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Snapshot: November PECFA Financials

The Remediation and Redevelopment Program provides monthly updates on the status of the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Funds Award (PECFA) program claims and the overall PECFA budget.

Below are the updated PECFA numbers for November 2019.

Number Value
Claims Received 73 $594,250
Claims Paid 85 $645,145
Claims in audit line (as of November 30, 2019) 4 $103,975
Total Paid FY20 $2,829,087

Snapshot: October PECFA Financials

The Remediation and Redevelopment Program provides monthly updates on the status of the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Funds Award (PECFA) program claims and the overall PECFA budget.

Below are the updated PECFA numbers for October, 2019.

Number  Value
Claims Received 90 $862,781
Claims Paid 111 $843,173
Claims in audit line (as of Oct. 31, 2019) 16 $199,344
Total Paid FY20 $2,183,942

 

Nov. 19 Deadline for State Letter of Acknowledgment for EPA ARC Grants

If your community or organization intends to apply for an EPA 2020 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund or Cleanup (ARC) Grant, EPA requires grant applicants, excluding tribal environmental authorities, to obtain a letter from the Wisconsin DNR acknowledging that the state is aware the applicant is applying for a federal grant to conduct brownfield assessment, revolving loan fund or cleanup activities.

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Snapshot: September PECFA Financials

The Remediation and Redevelopment Program provides monthly updates on the status of the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Funds Award (PECFA) program claims and the overall PECFA budget.

Below are the updated PECFA numbers for September, 2019.

Number Value
Claims Received 115 $563,980
Claims Paid 97 $407,018
Claims in Audit Line (as of 9/30/19) 33 $132,271
Total Paid FY20 $1,340,769

 

Snapshot: August PECFA Financials

The Remediation and Redevelopment Program provides monthly updates on the status of Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Funds Award (PECFA) program claims and the overall PECFA budget.

Below are the updated PECFA number for August, 2019.

Number Value
Claims Received 67 $439,185
Claims Paid 70 $452,642
Claims in audit line (as of 8/31/19) 20 $79,663
Total paid FY20 $933,751

Snapshot: July 2019 PECFA Financials

The Remediation and Redevelopment Program provides a monthly update on the status of claims submitted to the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) program, along with the overall PECFA program budget.

Below are the updated PECFA numbers for July 2019.

Number Value
Claims Received 103 $517,456
Claims Paid 104 $481,109
Claims in audit line (as of July 31, 2019) 36
Total Paid FY20 $481,109

PECFA Usual & Customary Schedule #26 Now Available Online

The Usual & Customary (U&C) Cost Standardized Invoice #26 is now available for July 2019 through December 2019 on the Remediation and Redevelopment Program’s PECFA webpage reimbursement tab. U&C #26 rates are effective for work done on or after July 1, 2019. Please note, the U&C Task Reference Guide #26 will be released at a later date.

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EPA brownfield grant applications may be due earlier this fall. Start working on yours soon.

DNR has learned that U.S. EPA may require FY20 brownfield grant applications to be submitted earlier than usual this year, so the grant process doesn’t overlap with preparations or participation at the 2019 National Brownfields Training Conference in Los Angeles, CA, December 11–13. There is no official decision yet, but release of the grant proposal guidelines and the subsequent proposal deadline could be moved up several weeks or more.

It is our understanding that the multipurpose grants available in the last round may not be offered this fall. It sounds like multipurpose and revolving loan fund (RLF) grants could alternate rounds and only be available bi-annually. If so, FY20 RLF grants should be available this fall.

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