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Toxic Substances Compliance Monitoring Cooperative Agreements

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Purpose of this program:

Toxic Substances Compliance Monitoring Grants are awarded to establish and operate compliance monitoring programs to prevent or eliminate unreasonable risks to health or the environment associated with chemical substances or mixtures within the States or on Tribal lands with respect to which the Administrator is unable or not likely to take action for their prevention or elimination. Funding Priority: EPA provides funding for cooperative enforcement grants to States and tribes under the Toxics Substances Control Act to conduct inspections for compliance with the PCB regulations, the asbestos in schools requirements and worker protection standards, and lead based paint activities. Authorized states also conduct the enforcement program for lead and if they have authorized programs, for asbestos. For the TSCA PCB and asbestos grant programs, asbestos waiver states have higher priority. Within all of these programs, compliance monitoring is a priority. A top priority for all programs is responding to tips and complaints and situations involving known non-compliance. In addition, states should ensure that the training standards for inspectors carrying EPA issued credentials are met and tracked. Maintaining a well trained, professional inspector workforce is a priority. Within the AHERA program, States should direct their efforts to inspecting schools in large Local Education Agencies (LEAs) as identified as in National lists, charter schools that have not been inspected, LEAs with prior settlement agreements and which have not been inspected recently, schools targeted for environmental justice reasons, and other state priorities. States may also inspect under the worker protection standards and the Model Accreditation Plan (MAP). States are asked to help reduce public exposure to asbestos hazards in indoor environments through compliance assistance, compliance monitoring and case development as applicable. State activity should focus on tracking and responding to complaints and previous violators. The PCB program is part of the Agency's Persistent Bio accumulative Toxics program. Due to their persistence, PCBs in food and water present major environmental/public health problems. Priorities for PCBs should be consistent with EPA's National Program Guidance. States with authorized lead paint programs will focus compliance monitoring activities on individuals and firms which conduct lead abatement with the training and certification, and work practice standards requirements. States with authorized renovation notice rules will also monitor those requirements. All programs will focus on tips and complaints and previous violators.