Now that a federal government shutdown has become a reality, thousands of public employees will be furloughed until a budget settlement can be reached in Congress. Among these employees, include nonessential EPA staff members. Earlier today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued guidance today to all federal grant recipients. U.S. EPA indicated in their two-page letter earlier today, "due to the absence of an appropriation act, it is required to shut down most of its operations". Review the full document here.
For recipients of Brownfield Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants this means that U.S. EPA Project Officers will not be available to accept Eligibility Determinations, review and approve Sampling and Analysis Plans, or other actions where U.S. EPA approval or involvement is required. U.S. EPA instructs grantees to "stop work" at these points.
Furthermore, access to the ASAP payment system remains available and grantees may draw down funds during the shutdown period.
If you are awaiting a grant award, U.S. EPA will consider your request for pre-award costs after the shut down ends, but warns that such costs are incurred at your own risk.
Envirologic continues to monitor this situation closely and will work with our clients to minimize the disruption to ongoing projects. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your concerns and questions.
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