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EPA Region 7’s Community Information Guide provides communities, nonprofits, stakeholder groups, community-based organizations, academia, tribes, state and local governments, and other partners with the latest news and information on funding and technical assistance opportunities, meetings, conferences, events, webinars, and other activities related to human health and the environment.

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U.S. Department of Energy Launches New Research Group to Grow America’s Solar Industry

  • Date: Aug. 1, 2022
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of the Cadmium Telluride Accelerator Consortium  a $20 million initiative designed to make cadmium telluride solar cells less expensive, more efficient and develop new markets for solar cell products. The solar cells were first developed in the United States and are the second-most common photovoltaic technology in the world after silicon. Without strengthened domestic manufacturing capacity, the U.S. will continue to rely on clean energy imports, exposing the nation to supply chain vulnerabilities while simultaneously losing out on the enormous job opportunities associated with the energy transition. The Consortium’s efforts to spur technological advancements will increase America’s competitiveness, bolster domestic innovation, and support clean electricity deployment supporting President Biden’s goal of achieving a net-zero economy by 2050.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $26 Million Program From Bipartisan Infrastructure Law To Demonstrate How U.S. Power Grid Can Run On 100% Clean Energy

  • Date: Aug. 2, 2022
  • Info: The Biden-Harris Administration announced $26 million to fund projects that will demonstrate that America’s electricity grid can reliably run with a mix of solar, wind, energy storage, and other clean distributed energy resources. Funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Solar and Wind Grid Services and Reliability Demonstration Program will show how clean energy resources can address key reliability challenges facing the grid by developing and testing tools and plant functions that allow the grid to stay online amid disturbances and restart if it goes down. The demonstration projects will provide data to underscore how President Biden’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2030 can be achieved while supporting grid reliability

EPA Region 7 Approves Permit Modification at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in De Soto, Kansas

  • Date: Aug. 2, 2022
  • Info: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has approved modification to a permit issued to Sunflower Redevelopment LLC and the U.S. Army at the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in De Soto, Kansas. This permit modification, made with the support of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), paves the way for the property’s redevelopment.

EPA Issues Stop Sale Order for Rat Poison Sold in Plastic Bags in St. Louis

  • Date: Aug. 4, 2022
  • Info: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Wilson’s Pest Control to stop the sale and distribution of 10 unregistered and misbranded pesticides that EPA says are noncompliant with federal law and may represent a danger to consumers.

EPA Issues Guidance to Help Communities Locate Lead Pipes that can Contaminate Drinking Water

  • Date: Aug. 5, 2022
  • Info: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is releasing guidance that will help communities and water utilities identify lead pipes that connect drinking water service to homes and other buildings. This action marks a key milestone in implementing the Biden-Harris Administration’s Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan. Together with unprecedented funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this guidance will help water utilities comply with the requirements of the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions that went into effect in December 2021 and make rapid progress on removing harmful lead from America’s drinking water.

EPA Announces Initial Availability of $11 Million for Technical Assistance Centers to Support Underserved Communities

  • Date: Aug. 5, 2022
  • Info: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $11 million in initial grant funding to establish Environmental Justice (EJ) Thriving Community Technical Assistance Centers across the nation. The EPA funding is available under the first year of a partnership with the Department of Energy, with future phases of up to 10 multi-year awards for a maximum potential program value of $50 million.

EPA Region 7 and University of Missouri-Kansas City Partner to Promote Student Career Opportunities and Environmental Engagement on Campus

  • Date: Aug. 11, 2022
  • Info: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) have partnered to promote environmental collaboration and career opportunities for UMKC students. A three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing the partnership was signed on Thursday, Aug. 11, at an event held on the UMKC campus in Kansas City, Missouri.

EPA Fines Heartland Development LP for Alleged Clean Water Act Violations in Kansas

  • Date: Aug. 18, 2022
  • Info: Residential developer Heartland Development LP will pay a $51,690 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA). According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the company failed to adequately control stormwater runoff from the Covington Creek and Covington Court construction developments in Olathe, Kansas.

EPA Seeks Input on the Phase 3 Greenhouse Gas Standard Rulemaking for Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

  • Date: Aug. 18, 2022
  • Info: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. This Panel will focus on the agency’s development of a rule that proposes to set a new phase of greenhouse gas requirements for heavy-duty engines and trucks that would apply beginning in Model Year 2030.

Request for Nominations for the Science Advisory Board Environmental Justice Screen (EJScreen) Review Panel

  • Due date: Sept. 20, 2022
  • The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to form a Panel to review the updated EJScreen methodology. Process and Deadline for Submitting Nominations: Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals in the areas of expertise described above for possible service on the SAB Panel. Individuals may self-nominate. Nominations should be submitted in electronic format (preferred) using the online nomination form on the SAB website at (see the ‘‘Public Input on Membership’’ list under ‘‘Committees, Panels, and Membership’’). To be considered, nominations should include the information requested below. EPA values and welcomes diversity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of sex, race, disability, or ethnicity. Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than September 20, 2022. For further information: Any member of the public who wishing further information concerning this notice may contact Dr. Zaida Figueroa, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), at 202-566-2643 or by email at figueroa.zaida@epa.gov.

Funding and Technical Assistance

DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program – $550 Million

  • Due date: TBD
  • This U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding is meant to assist states, local governments, and tribes to reduce energy use, reduce fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency. The estimated program opening date is fourth quarter 2022. Contact stateandlocal@hq.doe.gov with any questions.

Advancing Equity Through Workforce Partnerships

  • Due date: Sept. 13, 2022
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) announced the Advancing Equity Through Workforce Partnerships funding opportunity, which will award $10 million for the development of collaborative workforce programs that will facilitate the rapid deployment of solar energy technologies while supporting an inclusive workforce with opportunities for union membership. This opportunity is funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will enable more members of disadvantaged communities and energy justice populations to pursue careers in the solar energy industry.

DOI’s Fish and Wildlife Service FY 2022 Refuge Enhancement/Infrastructure Partnerships Initiative

  • Due Date: Sept. 15, 2022
  • To enable local communities to play a more active role in increasing outdoor recreation opportunities on refuge lands and waters, and to be more focused and deliberate in using partnerships to help the FWS address infrastructure repair and improvement needs.

DOT’s New Bipartisan Infrastructure Law-Established Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Discretionary Grant Program

  • Due date: Sept. 15, 2022
  • The SS4A program provides dedicated funding to support regional, local, and tribal plans, projects and strategies that will prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries.

Funding Notice: $27M for the Solar Manufacturing Incubator

  • Due date: Sept. 16, 2022
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) announced the Fiscal Year 2022 Solar Manufacturing Incubator Funding Opportunity, which will award $27 million for projects to accelerate commercialization of innovative product ideas that can increase U.S. domestic manufacturing across the solar industry supply chain and expand private investment in America’s solar manufacturing sector. A particular focus of this announcement is on technologies related to cadmium tellurideabsorbers and supply chain.

Request for Proposals from Google.org, Environmental Justice Data Projects Welcome on a Rolling Basis

  • Due date: Sept. 16, 2022
  • The Environmental Justice Data Fund is an $8 million fund, created and seeded by Google.org, that aims to bolster data efforts of frontline communities – communities historically underserved and disproportionately impacted by climate change and environmental injustice – in the United States. Grants from the Fund will support projects that use data to unlock resources; increase grantees’ access to Justice40 benefits and federal infrastructure funding; and advocate for new policies that empower communities to address past environmental harm and pave the way to a more sustainable, climate-resilient future. The Fund will consider a broad range of approaches on the use of data to advocate for environmental justice at the local and regional level. It will provide organizations with flexible project funding to increase their organizational capacity to incorporate quality data work into their environmental impact programming. The Fund anticipates that it will make one-time grants to approximately 60 to 100 organizations in 2022 through an open request for proposals (RFP), which will run on a rolling basis from April through September. Please visit the EJDF webpage if you are interested in learning more or in submitting a proposal. If you have any questions, please email: ejdatafund@windwardfund.org.

NOAA’s FY 2023 Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program

  • Due date: Sept. 20, 2022
  • Educating the next generation on the Great Lakes Ecosystem! Great Lakes B-WET region supports projects serving students and educators in the Great Lakes watershed in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin.

USDA’s FY22 Urban, Indoor, and Emerging Agriculture Grant Program

  • Due date: Sept. 22, 2022
  • This program supports research, education, and extension work by awarding grants to solve key problems of local, regional, and national importance that facilitate development of urban, indoor, and emerging agricultural systems. The program includes food value chain stages: production, harvesting, transportation, aggregation, packaging, distribution, and markets.

DOI’s Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program 2022

  • Due date: Sept. 22, 2022
  • A voluntary, community-based program that provides technical and financial assistance through cooperative agreements to coastal communities, conservation partners, and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands.

NOAA’s FY 2022 National Sea Grant College Program: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Marine Debris Challenge Competition

  • Due date: Sept. 30, 2022
  • To support innovative, transformational research to application (R2A) projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris.

NOAA’s FY 2022 Marine Debris Removal under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

  • Due date: Sept. 30, 2022
  • Awards up to $56 million to fund projects that remove marine debris to benefit marine and Great Lakes habitats and communities. Twp priorities: 1) removing large marine debris, and 2) using proven interception technologies to capture marine debris throughout the coastal United States, Great Lakes, territories, and Freely Associated States.

NOAA’s FY 2022 Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities, Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

Applications Now Open for the American-Made Solar Prize, Round 6

  • Due date: Oct. 6, 2022
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) announced the American-Made Solar Prize Round 6 – a $4 million prize program designed to spur innovations in U.S. solar hardware and software technologies and address challenges to rapid, equitable solar energy deployment. Competitors will participate in three escalating challenges – the Ready!, Set!, and Go! Contests – as they develop their concept from idea to product. Individually, each competitor can win up $700,000 in cash and $150,000 in technical support vouchers over the course of the three Contests.

New Award Program for Equitable Community Solar

  • Due date: Oct. 7, 2022
  • The Sunny Awards for Equitable Community Solar (The Sunny Awards) will recognize community solar projects and programs that increase equitable access to the meaningful benefits of community solar for subscribers and their communities. Up to $100,000 in prizes and several special recognition awards will be shared with prize winners.

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) Discretionary Grant Program

  • Due date: Oct. 13, 2022
  • Funded with $1 billion over the next five years, the program’s funds can support planning, capital construction, and technical assistance to restore community connectivity equitably and safely through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities that create barriers to mobility, access, or economic development.

DOE’s Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition

  • Due date: Oct. 20, 2022
  • The U.S. Department of Energy announced the fourth round of the Solar District Cup, a collegiate competition designed to bring together multidisciplinary teams to design energy systems for a campus or urban district. Diverse students in engineering, urban planning, finance, and related majors will form teams to reimagine how energy is generated and used in each district.
  • Register here

2022 EJ Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers RFA has been Amended!

  • Due date: Extended to Nov. 1, 2022
  • The Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers’ request for applications (RFA) will now provide up to $100 million in funding for establishing 5-10 technical assistance centers across the nation. These centers will serve communities with environmental justice concerns and their partners. Funds per award have increased and will now total approximately $10 million. For more information, please EPA’s website

Combined Sewer Overflows

  • Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Technical Assistance is available from EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management on monitoring/modeling; smart sewers and smart data; asset management; operation and maintenance; regulatory/ compliance questions; and small CSO community spreadsheet-based tools (CSO model, long-term control plan review checklist, post-construction compliance monitoring checklist). See flyer for more information.

Environmental Finance Center Network

  • The Environmental Finance Center Network offers free help on training and technical assistance to small wastewater and decentralized wastewater treatment works serving approximately 10,000 or fewer people. Request assistance here.

EPA Cybersecurity Assessments and Technical Assistance

  • Interested water and wastewater utilities can sign up for FREE, confidential cybersecurity assessments and technical assistance services provided virtually.
  • Register here

Technical Assistance for Clean Water Act (CWA) Integrated Planning until September 2022

U.S. Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) States Collaborative

U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Coalition Network Technical Assistance

  • To assist with alternative fuels, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies.

EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities Program

White House Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook

  • A roadmap to the funding available under the law and program-by-program information is now available, including the downloadable guidebook data and EPA’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law page.

Explore 2022 Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) Using Interactive Tool

EPA’s RE-Powering Mapper 3.0

  • This update includes data provided by EPA Brownfields, Superfund, Abandoned Mine Lands, Landfill Methane Outreach, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act programs, and a pilot with Underground Storage Tanks, in addition to data from 22 state partners. Over 190,000 sites and nearly 40 million acres of land are included and screened for solar, wind, biomass and geothermal energy potential. EPA partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to provide up-to-date data and screening that reflects current trends in renewable energy development.

EPA Releases Legal Tools to Advance Environmental Justice (EJ Legal Tools)

  • EPA’s Office of General Counsel has released EPA Legal Tools to Advance Environmental Justice (EJ Legal Tools), an updated and expanded compilation of legal authorities available to EPA for identifying and addressing the dispro- portionate impact of pollution on underserved and overburdened communities, including communities of color, Indig- enous people, and low-income communities. EJ Legal Tools is intended to help EPA decision-makers and partners understand their authorities to consider and address environmental justice and equity in decision-making, and to promote meaningful engagement.

EPA CSO Tools Available Now

  • Check out the NEW CSO Tools for combined sewer overflow (CSO) permittees and permitting authorities for plan- ning and management of different aspects of CSO programs. Each tool consists of an interactive spreadsheet, fact sheet or user guide, and two recorded trainings (with the third coming soon). These tools, which are currently in Beta test version, do not present new or changed requirements; rather they attempt to help break down information in a more digestible and interactive fashion. We will be accepting suggestions via web form on how to further their utility in the future. Please submit your suggestions by Dec. 31, 2022.
    • Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP) Review Checklist – Designed to help CSO permittees and NPDES authorities determine if LTCPs meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the CSO Control Policy, and conform with EPA guidance on developing LTCPs.
    • Post-Construction Compliance Monitoring (PCCM) Checklist – Designed to help CSO permittees and NPDES authorities develop and evaluate PCCM programs to meet the requirements of the CWA and CSO Control Policy, and conform with EPA guidance on PCCM.
    • Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Model for Small Communities – Planning tool for small CSO communities that want a reasonably simple approach to estimating a CSO occurrence, as well as treated or untreated CSO volume over a 24-hour period and have limited resources to invest in more advanced CSO monitoring and modeling.

Meetings, Conferences and Events

Global Clean Energy Action Forum

Mom and Baby Action Network

  • Dates: Oct. 24-25, 2022
  • The Mom and Baby Action Network is excited to announce that registration is now open for our National Summit, “Igniting Impact Together: Birthing Equitable Communities,” being held in Atlanta virtually and in person. In-person attendance will include exclusive workshops, off-site learning opportunities, networking reception, and more! Take advantage of our Early Bird registration pricing and secure your spot!

Webinars and Conference Calls

2022 Award Winner Webinar of EPA’s National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management Now Available to View on Demand

  • Watch the 2022 winner, the Utah Department of Health Asthma Program, describe how the program:
    • Expanded the reach, effectiveness, and sustainability of comprehensive asthma control services in Utah.
    • Developed partnerships and a screening protocol to address high-risk clients’ social, mental, physical, and emotional needs.
    • Established a home visiting program shown to improve asthma outcomes, including a 75% reduction in asthma-related emergency department visits.
    • Secured sustainable financing for the Utah Asthma Home Visiting Program, which included conducting a return-on-investment analysis that expanded the program to Medicaid members in rural, fee-for-service areas.

EPA Grants’ Developing a Budget Webinar Now Available

  • EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment is pleased to confirm that materials from the EPA Developing a Budget Webinar held on May 5, 2022, are now available on the Developing a Budget Webinar webpage.

Innovations in Financing Environmental Asthma Home Visits Within Medicaid Webinar

  • Date/time: Sept. 13, 2022, 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • EPA’s Indoor Environments Division (IED) will showcase solutions to help communities reduce indoor environmental risks to improve asthma disparities and community health, including health care reimbursement for multi-sector workforces that deliver home environmental asthma interventions.

EPA Grants Webinar Series for Grant Applicants and Recipients

  • Register today for EPA’s series of webinars for grant applicants and recipients beginning in September! Participants will hear from EPA staff about key aspects of the grants process and have the opportunity to submit questions. Additional information on each webinar as well as registration information can be found below. Advance registration is required and you must register for each webinar separately:
    • Competition Process: Sept. 13, 2022, 2 to 3 p.m. EDT – Learn how to find and successfully apply for EPA grants. Register here
    • Developing a Budget: Sept. 20, 2022, 2 to 3 p.m. EDT – Learn how to develop budgets and budget narratives in this instructor-led version of EPA’s “Developing a Budget” online training course. Register here
    • Complying with EPA Assistance Agreements: Sept. 22, 2022, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT – Learn how to identify key policies and procedures to be a grant recipient that effectively expends and documents the use of EPA grant funds. Register here
  • Presentation materials and a list of helpful links will be available before each webinar on EPA’s websiteAfter the webinars, a recording and transcript will be posted to the same webpage. For more information on how to prepare for EPA OGD grants webinars, please visit EPA’s website.

Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Informational Webinar

  • Date/time: Sept. 28, 2022, 2 p.m. EDT
  • Learn about the 2023 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards program and the nomination process. This year, the program will recognize winners in six categories, including: Greener Synthetic Pathways; Greener Reaction Conditions; The Design of Greener Chemicals; Specific Environmental Benefit: Climate Change; Small Business; and Academic.

USGS and NOAA National Listening Session Series – Next Steps: Drought Prediction and Water Availability

  • Date/time: Oct. 20, 2022, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT
  • The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) are pleased to announce a series of listening sessions to seek input on priorities and needs related to predicting water availability changes under drought conditions at national and regional scales. This input will be used to guide USGS Drought Program planning and orientation, as well as to inform other national drought programs. This webinar will include an overview and synthesis of key take-aways from the series of listening sessions, discussion of next steps, and time for Q&A and participant feedback.  

The information above is being provided by EPA Region 7 for informational purposes only. This page contains links to information, agencies, sites, and organizations external to EPA’s website. EPA is not responsible for third-party links. EPA does not endorse third-party organizations or agencies.

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