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Integrated planning grants.

(1) Purpose. The purpose of integrated planning grants is to provide funding to local governments to conduct assessments of brownfield properties and develop integrated projects plans for their cleanup and adaptive reuse. The grants are intended to encourage and expedite the cleanup of brownfield properties and to lessen the impact of the cleanup cost on ratepayers and taxpayers.
(2) Project eligibility. For the purposes of this grant, a project consists of integrated planning for a single hazardous waste site or for an area affected by multiple hazardous waste sites. A project may extend over more than one biennium. To be eligible for a grant, the project must meet the following requirements:
(a) The applicant must be a local government;
(b) The applicant must have an ownership interest in property or have a demonstrated interest in purchasing property affected by the hazardous waste site;
(c) The applicant must have the necessary access to complete the project or obtain such access in accordance with the schedule in the grant agreement; and
(d) The applicant must not be required to conduct the actions under an order or decree.
(3) Funding priority. The department will prioritize eligible projects for funding or limit funding for eligible projects based on the priorities in WAC 173-322A-210 and the following factors:
(a) The threat posed by the hazardous waste site to human health and the environment;
(b) Whether the hazardous waste site is within a redevelopment opportunity zone;
(c) The land reuse potential of the hazardous waste site;
(d) Whether the hazardous waste site is located within a highly impacted community;
(e) The readiness of the applicant to start and complete the work to be funded by the grant and the performance of the applicant under prior grant agreements;
(f) The ability of the grant to expedite the cleanup of the hazardous waste site;
(g) The ability of the grant to leverage other public or private funding for the cleanup and reuse of the hazardous waste site;
(h) The distribution of grants throughout the state and to various types and sizes of local governments; and
(i) Other factors as determined and published by the department.
(4) Application process.
(a) Project solicitation. Biennially, the department will solicit project proposals from local governments to develop its budget and update its ten-year financing plan for remedial action grants and loans. The department may update its ten-year financing plan as needed during the biennium. Project proposals must be submitted on forms provided by the department and include sufficient information to make the determinations in (c) of this subsection. To be considered for inclusion in the department's budget for remedial action grants and loans, project proposals should be submitted by the dates published by the department.
(b) Application submittal. Applications must be submitted on forms provided by the department and include sufficient information to make the determinations in (c) and (d) of this subsection. Completed applications should be submitted by the dates published by the department.
(c) Project evaluation and ranking. Project proposals and applications will be reviewed by the department for completeness and evaluated to determine:
(i) Project eligibility under subsection (2) of this section; and
(ii) Funding priority under subsection (3) of this section.
(d) Agreement development. The department will make funding decisions only after funds have been appropriated. After deciding to fund an eligible project, the department will negotiate with the applicant the scope of work and budget for the grant and develop the agreement. The department will consider:
(i) Funding priority under subsection (3) of this section;
(ii) Cost eligibility under subsections (5) and (6) of this section;
(iii) Allowable funding under subsections (7) and (8) of this section; and
(iv) Availability of state funds and other funding sources.
(e) Fund management. The department may adjust funding levels or fund additional eligible projects during a biennium if additional funds should become available.
(5) Cost eligibility. To be eligible for funding, a project cost must be eligible under this subsection and the terms of the grant agreement and be approved by the department.
(a) Eligible costs. Eligible costs for an integrated planning grant include, but are not limited to, reasonable costs for the following:
(i) Environmental site assessments;
(ii) Remedial investigations;
(iii) Health assessments;
(iv) Feasibility studies;
(v) Site planning;
(vi) Community involvement;
(vii) Land use and regulatory analyses;
(viii) Building and infrastructure assessments;
(ix) Economic and fiscal analyses; and
(x) Any environmental analyses under chapter 43.21C RCW.
(b) Ineligible costs. Ineligible costs for an integrated planning grant include, but are not limited to, the following:
(i) The cost of developing the grant application or negotiating the grant agreement;
(ii) The cost of dispute resolution under the grant agreement;
(iii) Retroactive costs, except as provided under subsection (6) of this section;
(iv) Legal costs including, but not limited to, the cost of seeking client advice, pursuing cost recovery, contribution, or insurance claims, participating in administrative hearings, pursuing penalties or civil or criminal actions against persons, penalties incurred by the recipient, defending actions taken against the recipient, and any attorney fees incurred by the recipient; and
(v) In-kind contributions.
(6) Retroactive cost eligibility. Retroactive costs are eligible for reimbursement if the costs are incurred during the period of a prior grant agreement, the costs are eligible under subsection (5) of this section, and the costs have not been reimbursed by the department.
(7) Limit on eligible costs for a project.
(a) For a project consisting of a study of a single hazardous waste site, the eligible costs for the project may not exceed two hundred thousand dollars.
(b) For a project consisting of a study area involving more than one hazardous waste site, the eligible costs for the project may not exceed three hundred thousand dollars.
(c) A hazardous waste site may not be included in more than one project.
(8) Funding of eligible costs.
(a) Department share. The department may fund up to one hundred percent of the eligible costs.
(b) Recipient share. The recipient shall fund the percentage of the eligible costs not funded by the department under (a) of this subsection. The recipient may not use in-kind contributions to meet this requirement.
(9) Administration of multiple grants. The department may provide integrated planning grants to a local government for more than one project under a single grant agreement.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.105D RCW. WSR 14-18-060 (Order 13-09), § 173-322A-310, filed 8/29/14, effective 9/29/14.]
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