PA ID# 087-99087-00; Henrico County
PW ID# Project Worksheet 2536; Debris Removal-Reasonable Costs
Citation: FEMA-1491-DR-VA, Henrico County Project Worksheet 2536
Cross-reference: Debris Removal, Reasonable Cost Summary: The Commonwealth of Virginia was struck by severe weather caused by Hurricane Isabel on September 18, 2003. PW 2536 was written for $5,037,162 to cover the costs of removing hazardous stumps from creeks and streams. Initially, FEMA determined that the cost of stump removal from creeks and streams was not an eligible activity because the debris did not present an immediate threat to life, public health, or safety. In response to the first appeal, FEMA approved the $4,234,719 for removing stumps 24 inches in diameter or larger on a per-stump basis. However, FEMA denied the Applicants request for removing stumps with 24-inch diameter or less on a per-stump basis. Rather, FEMA reimbursed for these costs on an equivalent cubic-yard basis. This resulted in a reduction of $802,443.
The second appeal, submitted on September November 7, 2007, argues that FEMA policy in force at the time of the disaster did not prohibit the removal of stumps of 24-inch diameter or less on a per-stump basis and the $802,443 should be allowed as a reasonable cost. Issues: Is the applicant eligible for reimbursement for removing stumps 24 inches or less in diameter on a per-stump basis? Findings:No.
Rationale: Office of Management and Budget Circular A-87; 44 CFR §13.36(f); FEMA
325 Debris Management Guide (April 1999), Appendix F