Toxics Cleanup Remedial Action Grants and Loans
Impact of Legislative Changes
The remedial action grant and loan program was created by the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), Chapter 70.105D RCW. MTCA directed Ecology to adopt rules for grant and loan issuance and performance. Those rules are in Chapter 173-322A WAC, Remedial Action Grants and Loans.
Funds for remedial action grants and loans come from a tax on hazardous substances. MTCA directs 44% of the tax revenue into the Local Toxics Control Account (LTCA). Each biennium, the Legislature appropriates a portion of the funds in LTCA for remedial action grants and loans.
In the 2013 legislative session, the Washington State Legislature made significant changes to MTCA. To learn more about the changes, their implications, and Ecology’s implementation plan, go to: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/regs/legislation-2013.html.
One of the most significant changes to MTCA is to the Remedial Action Grant and Loan program. The legislation establishes new funding priorities for the program and directs Ecology to make several changes to the program to encourage and expedite the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield properties. These are previously developed properties that are currently abandon or underused because of historic contamination. Many local governments have used grant funds to clean up contaminated properties that are key to community revitalization efforts.
To implement these changes, the Legislature directed Ecology to revise the rules governing the Remedial Action Grant and Loan program. On August 29, 2014, Ecology repealed Chapter 173-322 WAC and adopted new Chapter 173-322A WAC. The new chapter replaces the repealed chapter. The new chapter became effective on September 29, 2014. To learn more about and get involved in the rule making, go to: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/regs/wac173322/1309.html.
There are several different types of remedial action grants and loans. For more information, click on the specific grant or loan.
Please note that the Toxics Cleanup Program is currently only allowing access to the grant application process in its online grant management system, EAGL, which stands for the Ecology Administration of Grants and Loans, to those organizations that we have available funding for.
We are in the process of developing a pre-application process to collect information on all projects that need funding, that Local Governments may use at anytime to report their project needs. This process needs to be managed outside EAGL and will be done in conjunction with the 10 year needs forecast reporting. This will help TCP management prioritize cleanup needs and make funding decisions.
If you are a local government and are ready to apply for a remedial action grant or loan in EAGL, you will need a Secure Access Washington account (SAW). Once you have this account, log in and request access to EAGL.
If you need assistance with acquiring a SAW account or EAGL access please visit this web page or contact the Ecology grant manager for your County as listed below under Contacts.
Once you are an authorized user in EAGL, contact your grant manager for assistance using the EAGL system if needed.
EAGL training is currently being planned for Recipients of Remedial Action Grants for April 2015. A schedule will be posted once logistics have been finalized.
You can find many of the tools for managing Ecology grants or loans at:http://www.ecy.wa.gov/funding/manage-funding.html.
To manage remedial action grants or loans, you may also need to complete the following reports.
*For grants written and managed in EAGL, this is done through forms within the EAGL system. The rest of the forms are completed outside EAGL and uploaded into EAGL.
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