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January 26, 1999 Portland's Lead Hazard Reduction Program (LHRP) Project XL for Communities Final Project Agreement (DRAFT)

Portland's Lead Hazard Reduction Program (LHRP)

Project XL for Communities
 Final Project Agreement (FPA)
 

January 1999 DRAFT


Portland's Lead Hazard Reduction Program (LHRP)
Project XL for Communities
Final Project Agreement (FPA)
January 1999 DRAFT

TABLE OF CONTENTS


I. OVERVIEW                                                                                                           Page

A. Purpose of the XL for Communities program ..................................................................1

B. Purpose of this Agreement ..............................................................................................1

II. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

A. History of Program Development ...................................................................................2

B. General Background on the Community and Issues .........................................................4

C. Brief Description of the Components of the Lead Hazard Reduction Program .................5

D. Goals and Objectives of the Lead Hazard Reduction Program ........................................6

E. Description of the Activities and Accomplishments of the Lead Hazard Reduction Program

1. Water Treatment and Water Quality Monitoring ...................................................9
2. Home Lead Hazard Reduction Program .............................................................11
3. Stakeholder Involvement, Public Education, and Outreach ..................................15
4. Lead-in-Water Testing Program .........................................................................19


F. Problems and Barriers the Lead Hazard Reduction Program is Intended to Address ......20

G. Why the Lead Hazard Reduction Program is Beneficial to Project Sponsors and Co-
Sponsors, the Environment, and other Affected Parties .....................................................31

H. What will occur with the Lead Hazard Reduction Program, compared with what would
occur if the Program were NOT Implemented ..................................................................34

I. How the Lead Hazard Reduction Program Addresses XL Criteria

1. Environmental Results ........................................................................................37
2. Stakeholder Involvement, Support, and Capacity for Community Participation ....38
3. Economic Opportunity .......................................................................................42
4. Feasibility ..........................................................................................................43
5. Transferability ....................................................................................................44
6. Monitoring, Reporting, and Evaluation ................................................................45
7. Equitable Distribution of Environmental Risks .....................................................46
8. Community Planning ..........................................................................................47
9. Innovative Approaches, Multi-Media Focus, and Pollution Prevention ................48
III. REQUIREMENTS AND COMMITMENTS OF THE PROGRAMS
A. Legal Mechanisms .............................................................................................48

B. Key Commitments .............................................................................................49

C. The Lead Hazard Reduction Program as a Demonstration Project ......................54

V. ADMINISTRATION OF THE AGREEMENT
A. Term of the Agreement ......................................................................................59

B. Decision-Making Processes

1. FPA Development ...................................................................................60
2. FPA Implementation ................................................................................61
C. Public Participation, Public Notice, Public Records, Reporting and Periodic
Reviews..................................................................................................................61

D. Events preventing Project Implementation ..........................................................63

E. Modification of the Agreement ...........................................................................63

F. Termination/Withdrawal .....................................................................................63

G. Means of Giving Notice ....................................................................................64

H. Orderly Transition .............................................................................................64

I. Statement of Unaffected Authorities ....................................................................64

J. Contact Points and Signatories ...........................................................................65


APPENDICES
Appendix 1  Stakeholders Involved in the Lead Hazard Reduction Program......................69
Appendix 2  XL Stakeholder Categories .........................................................................70



I. OVERVIEW

A. PURPOSE OF THE XL FOR COMMUNITIES PROGRAM

    This Agreement states the intention of:

        "    the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),

        "    the Project Sponsor:
            - the City of Portland Water Bureau (PWB),

        "    the Project Co-Sponsors:
            - the Portland Water Bureau's wholesale water purveyors,
            - the Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD),
            - the Oregon Health Division Drinking Water Section (OHD)

        "    and Stakeholders from the Portland metro community and elsewhere, to carry out a pilot project as part of EPA's "Project XL for Communities" program. This project, called the Lead Hazard Reduction Program, is designed and implemented for the purposes of testing innovative approaches to environmental protection from human exposure to lead and copper.

Project XL, which stands for "eXcellence and Leadership", is a national pilot program that provides a unique opportunity to test innovative ways of achieving better and more cost-effective public health and environmental protection. Under Project XL, the EPA offers flexibility in its regulations, policies, procedures, processes, and guidance, as well as other benefits to encourage project sponsors and communities to develop and test innovative, tailored, and more effective alternatives to the current system of environmental and public health protection. Project XL for Communities is designed to provide flexibility specifically for communities, including local governments, community organizations, citizen and neighborhood groups, and other public or private organizations.

B. PURPOSE OF THIS AGREEMENT</