- Contact information
- For information on WAM, contact:
- Jenna Soyer
Remediation & Redevelopment Program
Contractor Services AwardsWisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM)
We are currently accepting applications for Contractor Services Awards.
Contractor Services Awards are used to help communities and others assess environmental contamination at closing or closed manufacturing plants, and other industrial properties, where real or perceived environmental contamination is impeding economic development (i.e. brownfields). Sites in this program should generally be less than 10 acres and have petroleum or hazardous substance contamination which can be assessed for less than $35,000. For projects selected, the DNR will assign one of its contractors to perform Phase I and/or Phase II environmental site assessments (ESAs).
In June 2010 the RR Program completed the process of awarding three contracts to consulting firms who will provide ESAs as part of the Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM). Contracts were offered to AECOM, Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH) and The Sigma Group.
- Familiarize yourself with the eligibility requirements for this funding.
- Contact Jenna Soyer (608-267-0543) to discuss your project.
- Document eligibility as (1) an eligible applicant, and (2) as having an eligible site.
- If you are a local government and own the site, prepare a signed municipal resolution to apply for services.
- Sign an agreement allowing the DNR and contractors to access the site.
- Complete the application form.
- Submit two hard copies of the application, and one digital version of the application on CD-ROM. Supplemental information, such as Phase I environmental site assessments, can be included on the CD-ROM, rather than as a hard copy. Mail the application materials to:
Jenna Soyer - RR/5
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707
Application form and materials
- Wisconsin Assessment Monies - Contractor Services Award Application (Form 4400-265)
- Determination of Viable Responsible Party Attachment - For petroleum applicants only to submit with the WAM Contractor Services Award Application (Form 4400-265)
- Model Access Agreement - click on the link to open the file, then save the document to your computer
- Model Municipal Resolution - click on the link to open the file, then save the document to your computer
If you receive an award
If you are awarded WAM services, the RR Program will work closely with you and the selected environmental consultant to begin the assessment project.
Terms and conditions for these funds are established by the US EPA. To learn more, read the EPA Terms and Conditions.
The following entities are eligible to apply for this funding:
- general purpose units of local government;
- Tribe, or other eligible tribal entity under 40 CFR 31.3; and
- private entities - contact Jenna Soyer (608-267-0543) for an eligibility determination.
Sites meeting the project profile will be:
- a closed or closing manufacturing plant, chiefly including sites such as assembly lines, foundries, dairies, electroplaters, and other industrial facilities that meets the federal definition of a brownfield site; and
- a single property of less than 10 acres, who's complexity could be assessed for $35,000 or less.
Sites must meet the federal definition of a brownfield:
- "…real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant."
- Sites where the local government has caused the contamination.
- The site is listed (or proposed for listing) on the National Priorities List (NPL).
- The site is subject to unilateral administrative orders, court orders, administrative orders on consent or judicial consent decree issued to or entered into by parties under CERCLA.
- The site is subject to the jurisdiction, custody or control of the United States government. (NOTE: Land held in trust by the United States government for an Indian tribe is eligible for brownfield funding.)
- The site is eligible for funding under other programs such as the Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Fund (DERF), the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Act (PECFA), and the Agricultural Chemical Cleanup Program (ACCP).
- The site is a former gas or service station or agricultural coop.
Sites needing a property-specific determination for eligibility
- Sites where a viable potential responsible party exists, but where there is no documented contamination.
- The site is subject to planned or ongoing CERCLA removal actions.
- The site is subject to unilateral administrative orders, court orders, administrative orders on consent or judicial consent decree or to which a permit has been issued by the United States or an authorized state under the Solid Waste Disposal Act (as amended by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)), the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), or the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
- The site is subject to corrective action orders under RCRA (sections 3004(u) or 3008(h)) and to which a corrective action permit or order has been issued or modified to require the implementation of corrective measures.
- The site is a land disposal unit that has filed a closure notification under subtitle C of RCRA and to which closure requirements have been specified in a closure plan or permit.
- There has been a release of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) subject to remediation under TSCA at the site.
- Portions of sites for which funding for remediation has been obtained from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund.
Petroleum sites may be eligible for this program if the following criteria apply.
- If petroleum contamination is discovered or confirmed, the site would be of "relatively low risk." Specifically, LUST trust fund monies have not been applied to this site and the state is not aware of any outstanding requirements under the federal Oil Pollution Act.
- If petroleum contamination is discovered or confirmed, there would be no viable responsible parties.
- This property is not subject to a corrective action order under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Sec. 9003 (h).
- No viable responsible party exists that can address the contamination.
Activities requested cannot be eligible for reimbursement by other state programs. If you are requesting petroleum assessment services for a site with confirmed contamination (through previous sampling activities), please submit a Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Act (PECFA) Initial Application and Eligibility Request Form (4400-296).
For information on obtaining site-specific petroleum eligibility determinations, please visit our Federal brownfield grants page.
Generally, costs associated with a Phase I or Phase II environmental site assessment are eligible for funding. In addition, costs for a site investigation, limited demolition or underground storage tank (UST) removal may be considered.
Materials for contractors
WAM Contractor Services Award - Invoice for Professional Services (Form 4400-270)
Submit one (1) copy of this completed form and invoices for all costs that are a part of this claim to the following address: WAM Contractor Services - RR/5, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921. Invoices must be complete in order to be processed.
- Form 4400-270 - This is a fillable PDF. (Please Note: You will not be able to save this form unless you have Adobe Acrobat on your computer.)