Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Senior Environmental Employment (SEE)program is authorized by the Environmental Programs Assistance Act of 1984 (Pub. L. 98-313),which provides that the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency may “makegrants to, or enter into cooperative agreements with,” specified private, nonprofit organizationsfor the purpose of “providing technical assistance to Federal, State and local environmentalagencies for projects of pollution prevention, abatement, and control.” Cooperative agreementsunder the SEE Program provide support for many functions in the Agency, including clericalsupport, staffing hot lines, providing support to Agency enforcement activities, providing libraryservices, compiling data, and providing support in scientific, engineering, financial and otherareas.
In performing these tasks, grantees and cooperators under the SEE Program and theirenrollees may have access to potentially all documents submitted under the Clean Air Act(CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the ResourceConservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and RodenticideAct (FIFRA), the Emergency Planning Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), the FederalFood, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response,Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), to the extent that these statues allow disclosure ofconfidential information to “authorized representatives of the United States” or to “contractors.”Some of these documents may contain information claimed as confidential.
EPA provides confidential information to enrollees working under the followingcooperative agreements:
Among the procedures established by EPA confidentiality regulations for granting accessto confidential business information is notification to the submitters of CBI that SEE-granteeorganizations and their enrollees will have access to this information. See 40 CFR2.301(h)(2)(iii) for information
The grantee organizations are required by the cooperative agreements to protectconfidential information. SEE enrollees are required to sign confidentiality agreements and toadhere to the same security procedures as Federal employees.