NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE

OF FUNDS

September 20, 2019

Mississippi State Department of Health

Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes 570 E. Woodrow Wilson,

Jackson, MS 39215

601-576-7022 (no voicemail)

On or about September 30, 2019, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program (LBPHC) authorized by Section 1011 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, 42 U.S.C. 4852) and funding is provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141), approved March 23, 2018. The Healthy Homes Supplemental funding is authorized under Section 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 (12 U.S.C. 1701z-2), with funding approved by the same Appropriations Act, for the following multi-year program/project 42-month time period (April 1, 2019 to September 30, 2022).

The project is a Lead Hazard Control grant and Healthy Homes Supplement, to reduce lead- based paint hazards and to protect children and their families from health and safety hazards in the home. The project will target approximately 75 pre-1978 homes occupied by low to very low-income families (at or below 80% AMI) with children six years of age or under or pregnant women in the cities of Yazoo City (55 homes) and Greenwood, MS (20 homes). Lead Hazard reduction interventions may include measures to repair, replace or remediate interior and exterior surfaces and soil treatment. It is anticipated that $10,500 will be spent on each eligible home in the target cities of Yazoo City and Greenwood. The Mississippi State Department of Health is requesting the release of $1,769,163.00 (HUD funds). Sub-recipient match is $323,910.64.

The proposed hazard control activities funded are categorically excluded from the National Environmental Policy Act requirements, but subject to compliance with some of the environmental laws and authorities listed at § 58.5 of 24 CFR Part 58. In accordance with §58.15, a tiered review process has been structured, whereby some environmental laws and authorities have been reviewed and studied for the intended target area(s) listed above. Other applicable environmental laws and authorities will be complied with, when individual projects are ripe for review. Specifically, the target area(s) has/have been studied, and compliance with the laws and authorities regulating the following topics has been established in this Tier 1 review: Airport Hazards, Costal Barrier Resources, Coastal Zone Management, Explosive and Flammable Hazards, Farmlands Protection, Noise Abatement and Control, Sole Source Aquifers, Wild and Scenic Rivers and Environmental Justice. In the Tiered 2 review, compliance with the environmental laws and authorities regulating the following topics will occur for proposed projects funded under the program(s) listed above: Flood Insurance, Clean Air Act, Contamination and Toxic Substances, Endangered Species, Floodplain Management, Historic Preservation and Wetlands Protection. Should individual aggregate projects exceed the threshold for categorical exclusion detailed at §58.35(a), an Environmental Assessment will be completed and a separate Finding of No Significant Impact and Request for Release of Funds

published. Copies of the compliance documentation worksheets are available at the address below.

An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project, and more fully describes the tiered review process cited above, is on file at Mississippi State Department of Health – Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program; 570 E. Woodrow Wilson; Jackson, MS 39215 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 a.m. to  5 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the Environmental Review Record (ERR) to the Mississippi State Department of Health; Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program; Attention Cheri Caradine. All comments received by September 29, 2019, will be considered by Mississippi State Department of Health prior to authorizing submission of a Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification to HUD.

RELEASE OF FUNDS

The Mississippi State Department of Health certifies to HUD that Dr. Beryl Polk, Principal Investigator, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Mississippi State Department of Health to utilize federal funds and implement the Program.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and the Mississippi State Department of Health certification for a period of fifteen days following either the anticipated submission date (cited above) or HUD’s actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if the objections are on one of the following bases: (a) that the Certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Mississippi State Department of Health; (b) the Mississippi State Department of Health has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the Mississippi State Department of Health has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58), and may be addressed to HUD as follows: Karen M. Griego, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, Program Environmental Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 500 Gold Ave SW, 7th Floor, Suite 7301, P.O. Box 906, Albuquerque, NM 87103- 0906. Potential objectors may contact HUD directly to verify the actual last day of the objection/comment period.

October 5, 8, 9, 10, 11

& 12, 2019


REQUEST FOR

STATEMENT OF

QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONDUCTING

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS AND REUSE PLANNING

The North Central Planning and Development District (“District”) hereby solicits written Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from professional environmental consulting firms interested in contracting with the District to assist in application for grant funds, perform grant management activities, environmental assessments, site re-use planning, and related activities associated with brownfield assessment and redevelopment.  The firm selected will be eligible to negotiate a contract with the District. Since no federal brownfield funding has been awarded to the District at this time, no minimum order or work is guaranteed.  If the selected firm is unsuccessful in negotiating a contract or does not maintain the minimum requirements, the District, at its discretion, may select the next ranked firm for contract negotiation.  All work will be ordered on an "as-needed" basis. Though a federal brownfield grant funding would be for a three year period, the selected firm will be eligible for contract negotiation for five (5) years, with optional years at the District’s discretion.

The minimum requirements, which must be satisfied on or before October 25, 2019 and maintained for the duration of a contract with the District, for an applicant to be considered, are:

(1)  the applicant must be a “Brownfield Consulting Firm” that has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality (MCEQ);

(2)  the applicant must submit   five (5) copies, signed by an authorized representative of the applicant, of the SOQ on or before the time and date specified below; and

(3)  the applicant must not submit an SOQ that exceeds twenty (20) pages (includes every printed page except front and back cover and transmittal letter); and

(4)   the applicant must submit on a CD and in PDF format example final work product which includes:

a. One (1) Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ASTM E1527-13) that meets EPA’s “All Appropriate Inquiry” Standard and has been completed by the firm within the last two (2) years; and

b.  One Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) that has been approved by the EPA for a brownfield site and has been completed by the firm within the last two (2) years.

Applicants that do not comply with these minimum requirements and/or do not satisfactorily document in the SOQ that they meet the minimum requirements will not be considered.  Selection of the Firm, in addition to the minimum requirements, will be based on the following rating criteria: (1) environmental assessment and site re-use planning experience of key personnel that involved hazardous/toxic substances, pollutant, or contaminant; and (2) EPA Brownfield Grant management experience.  Information for Preparation of Statement of Qualifications may be obtained by contacting Steve Russell, Project Manager at the North Central Planning and Development District via email at srussell@ncpdd.org, or by telephone at (662) 283-2675.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the SOQs are received by the following person by the required time and assume all risks of delivery. The District must receive on or before 3:00 p.m., October 25, 2019, five (5) copies of an SOQ:

Mail & Delivery Address:                

Mr. Steve Russell        

North Central Planning and Development District

28 Industrial Park Boulevard

Winona, MS 38967

October 10, 2019

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