- Date Published: June 4, 2001
- Response and Recovery Directorate Policy Number: 9523.8
- Title: Mission Assignments for ESF #10
- Purpose: The attached memorandum is being numbered as part of the FEMA Public Assistance Program policy publication system. It states the policy that FEMA and EPA have agreed to in regard to funding Mission Assignments for ESF #10 activities in major disasters and emergencies. It clarifies policy that is currently in place in the form of a policy memorandum.
- Scope and Audience: This policy is applicable to all major disasters and emergencies declared on or after the publication date of this policy. It is intended for use by all personnel involved in the administration of the FEMA public assistance program. This policy is effective on publication.
- Background: FEMA and EPA reached an agreement in September 1998 that stated that it was FEMA's intent to utilize Stafford Act funds to reimburse EPA for specific emergency response activities related to hazardous materials (hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants, and oil) under ESF #10, when there is an Emergency or Major Disaster Declaration. In September 1999, interim guidance for Hurricane Floyd was issued that further clarified the 1998 document. This guidance, for use on all ESF #10 Mission Assignments, is intended to provide further clarification for the 1998 and 1999 Policy memoranda and the FRP ESF #10 Annex. There will inevitably be activities that occur following a natural disaster or terrorism attack that are not covered in this guidance which will require close coordination among the FCO, ESF #10 and the State. Additionally, hazardous material releases and/or problems may not be identified for some time after the occurrence of the disaster. Decision-makers must be aware that such typical occurrences are associated with the disaster and that the determination of the threat posed by such releases is made at the time the release or incident is discovered (e.g., drums containing hazardous materials, discovered after flood waters recede, may pose a threat to public health that warrants response, even if the typical emergency phase of operations has ended). This policy is a formalization of past practice. Therefore, the amount of assistance that an applicant would receive will not change as a result of this publication. As provided in RR Policy 9510.1 Coordination Requirements for Public Assistance and Fire Management Assistance Program Documentation, par. 7.E.b), the Director of the Infrastructure Division has granted an exception to the policy coordination requirements.
- Policy: The policy is attached.
- Supersession: Policy Memoranda on ESF #10 Mission Assignments from Lacy E. Suiter dated September 27, 1998, and from Robert J. Adamcik dated September 24, 1999
- Authorities: Section 403, Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. §5170b(3))
- Originating Office: Infrastructure Division, Response and Recovery Directorate
- Review Date: Five years from date of publication
- Signature: signed
Lacy E. Suiter
Executive Associate Director
Response and Recovery Directorate
- Distribution: Regional Directors and Regional and Headquarters RR Division Directors. SEE ATTACHED POLICY MEMORANDUM WITH GUIDANCE
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