(a) EPA's policy is to delegate management of the wastewater treatment works construction
grant program to the maximum extent possible consistent with the objectives of the
Act, prudent fiscal management, and EPA's overall national responsibility for the
program. The policy is premised on an on-going partnership between EPA and the States that
includes consultation with the States in formulation of policy and guidance by EPA. EPA expects States to undertake full delegation of all project level activities,
including preliminary determinations of non-delegable requirements. The objective of delegation is to eliminate duplication of Federal and State effort
in the management of the construction grant program, to increase State participation
in the construction grant program, and to improve operating efficiency.
(b) Program delegation is to be accomplished through a formal delegation agreement between
the Regional Administrator and the State. The delegation agreement will specify the functions which the State will perform
and procedures for State certification to EPA.
(c) EPA will overview the performance of the program under delegation to ensure that
progress is being made toward meeting the construction grant program objectives and
that the State is continuing to employ administrative, fiscal, and program controls
to guard against fraud, misuse, and mismanagement of public funds. Overview will also include review of the State management process to ensure it is
efficient, effective and assures timely State reviews.
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