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Federal Domestic Assistance under the 66.000 series. It Supersedes the provisions of former 40 CFR parts 7 and 12.

§ 7.20 Responsible agency officers.

(a) The EPA Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for developing and administering EPA’s compliance programs under the Acts.

(b) EPA’s Project Officers will, to the extent possible, be available to explain to each recipient its obligations under this part and to provide recipients with technical assistance or guidance upon requeSt.

§ 7.25 Definitions.

AS used in this part: Administrator means the Administrator of EPA. It includes any other agency Official authorized to act on his or her behalf, unless explicity stated Otherwise. Alcohol abuse means any misuse of alCohol which demonstrably interferes with a person’s health, interpersonal relations or working ability. Applicant means any entity that files an application or unsolicited proposal or otherwise request.S EPA assistance (See definition for EPA assistance). Assistant Attorney General is the head of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department Of Justice. Award Official means the EPA official with the authority to approve and exeCute assistance agreements and to take other assistance related actions authorized by this part and by other EPA regulations Or delegation of authority. Drug abuse means: (a) The use of any drug Or Substance listed by the Department Of Justice in 21 CFR 1308.11, under authority of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 801, as a Controlled Substance unavailable for prescription because: (1) The drug Or Substance has a high potential for abuse, (2) The drug or other substance has no Currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, Or (3) There is a lack of accepted Safety for use of the drug or other Substance under medical Supervision.

NOTE: Examples of drugs under paragraph (a)(1) Of this Section include certain opiates and Opiate derivatives (e.g., heroin) and hallucinogenic Substances (e.g., marijuana,

meScaline, peyote) and depressants (e.g., methaqualone). Examples Of (a)(2) include Opium, coca leaves, methadone, amphetamines and barbiturates.

(b) The misuse of any drug or subStance listed by the Department of Justice in 21 CFR 1308.12–1308.15 under authority Of the Controlled Substances Act as a Controlled Substance available for prescription. EPA means the United States Environmental Protection Agency. EPA assistance means any grant or COOperative agreement, loan, contract (other than a procurement contract or a Contract of insurance or guaranty), or any other arrangement by which EPA provides or otherwise makes available assistance in the form of: (1) Funds; (2) Services of personnel; or (3) Real Or personal property or any interest in or use of such property, inCluding: (i) TransferS or leases of such property for less than fair market value or for reduced consideration; and (ii) Proceeds from a subsequent transfer or lease of such property if EPA's Share of its fair market value is not returned to EPA. Facility means all, or any part of, or any interests in Structures, equipment,

roads, walks, parking lots, or other

real Or personal property. Handicapped person: (a) Handicapped person means any person who (1) has a physical or mental impairment, which Substantially limits One Or more major life activities, (2) has a record of Such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having Such an impairment. For purposes of employment, the term handicapped person does not include any person who is an alcoholic Or drug abuser whose Current use of alCohol or drugs prevents such individual from performing the duties of the job in question Or whose employment, by reason of Such current drug or alcohol abuse, would Constitute a direct threat to property or the Safety of others. (b) As used in this paragraph, the phrase: (1) Physical or mental impairment means (i) any physiological disorder Or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, Or anatomical loss affecting One Or more of the following body Systems: Neurological; musculoskeletal; Special sense Organs; respiratory, including Speech Organs; Cardiovascular; reproductive; digestive; genito-urinary; henic and lymphatic; Skin; and endocrine; and (ii) any mental Or psychological disorder, Such as mental retardation, organic brain Syndrome, emotional Or mental illness, and Specific learning disabilities. (2) Major life activities means functions Such as Caring for One’s Self, performing manual tasks, walking, Seeing, hearing, Speaking, breathing, learning, and working. (3) Has a record of such an impairment means has a history of, or has been misclassified as having, a mental or physical impairment that substantially limit.S One Or more major life activities. (4) IS regarded as having an impairment II lea, IlS. (i) Has a physical or mental impairment that does not substantially limit major life activities but that is treated by a recipient as Constituting such a limitation; (ii) Has a physical or mental impairment that Substantially limits major life activities Only as a result of the attitudes of others toward Such inpairment; Or (iii) Has none of the impairments defined above but is treated by a recipient as having Such an impairment. Office of Civil Rights or OCR means the Director of the Office of Civil Rights, EPA Headquarters or his/her designated representative. Project Officer means the EPA official designated in the assistance agreement (as defined in EPA assistance) as EPA’s program contact with the recipient; Project Officers are responsible for monitoring the project. Qualified handicapped person means: (a) With respect to employment: A handicapped person who, with reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job in question. (b) With respect to services: A handicapped person who meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of Such Services.

Racial classifications: 1 (a) American Indian or Alaskan native. A person having Origins in any of the Original peoples of North America, and who maintains Cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition. (b) Asian or Pacific Islander. A person having Origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands. This area, includes, for example, China, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands, and Samoa. (c) Black and not of Hispanic origin. A perSOn having Origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. (d) Hispanic. A perSon of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central Or South American or other Spanish Culture or Origin, regardless Or race. (e) White, not of Hispanic origin. A perSon having Origins in any of the original peoples Of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East. e Recipient means, for the purposes of this regulation, any State Or its politiCal Subdivision, any instrumentality of a State Or its political Subdivision, any public or private agency, institution, Organization, or other entity, or any person to which Federal financial asSistance is extended directly or through another recipient, including any Successor, a SSignee, Or transferee of a recipient, but excluding the ultimate beneficiary of the assistance. Section 13 refers to Section 13 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendment.S of 1972. United States includes the States of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Wake Island, the Canal

| Additional Subcategories based on na

tional Origin or primary language spoken may be used where appropriate On either a national Or a regional basis. Subparagraphs (a) through (e) are in conformity with Directive 15 of the Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards, whose function is now in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Should that Office, or any Successor Office, change or Otherwise annend the Categories listed in Directive 15, the categories in this paragraph shall be interpreted to conform with any Such changes or amendments.

Zone, and all other territories and possessions of the United States; the term State includes any one of the foregoing.

Subport B-Discrimination Prohibited on the Bosis of Roce, Color, Notional Origin or Sex

$7.30 General prohibition.

No person Shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving EPA assistance on the basis of race, color, national Origin, Or on the basis of sex in any program or activity receiving EPA assistance under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as anended, including the Environmental Financing Act of 1972.

$7.35 Specific prohibitions.

(a) AS to any program Or activity reCeiving EPA assistance, a recipient Shall not directly or through contraCtual, licensing, or other arrangements On the basis of race, Color, national Origin. Or, if applicable, Sex: (1) Deny a person any Service, aid or Other benefit of the program; (2) Provide a person any Service, aid or other benefit that is different, or is provided differently from that provided to others under the program; (3) Restrict, a person in any way in the enjoyment of any advantage or privilege enjoyed by Others receiving any Service, aid, or benefit provided by the program; (4) Subject a person to Segregation in any manner Or Separate treatment in any way related to receiving Services Or benefitS under the program; (5) Deny a perSOn Or any group of perSons the Opportunity to participate as members of any planning or advisory body which is an integral part of the program, Such as a local Sanitation board Or Sewer authority; (6) Discriminate in employment on the basis of Sex in any program Subject to section 13, or on the basis of race, color, or national Origin in any program whose purpose is to Create employment; Or, by means of employment discrimination, deny intended beneficiaries the benefits of the EPA assistance program, or Subject the beneficiaries to prohibited discrimination.

(7) In administering a program or activity receiving Federal financial asSistance in which the recipient has previously discriminated on the basis of race, Color, Sex, or national origin, the recipient Shall take affirmative action to provide remedies to those who have been injured by the discrimination. (b) A recipient shall not use criteria. Or methods of administering its program which have the effect of subjecting individuals to discrimination beCause of their race, Color, national origin, or Sex, or have the effect of defeating or Substantially impairing accomplishment of the objectives of the program with respect to individuals of a particular race, Color, national origin, OI* SeX. (c) A recipient shall not choose a Site Or location of a facility that has the purpose or effect of excluding individuals from, denying them the benefits Of, Or Subjecting them to discrimination under any program to which this part applies On the grounds of race, Color, Or national Origin or sex; or with the purpose or effect of defeating or Substantially impairing the accom— plishment of the objectives of this Subpart. (d) The specific prohibitions of disCrimination enumerated above do not limit the general prohibition of $7.30.

Subport C–Discrimindfion Prohibited on the Basis of Hondicap

§ 7.45 General prohibition.

No qualified handicapped person Shall Solely on the basis of handicap be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be Subjected to discrimination under any program Or activity receiving EPA asSistance.

$7.50 Specific prohibitions against discrimination. (a) A recipient, in providing any aid, benefit Or Service under any program Or activity receiving EPA assistance Shall not, on the basis of handicap, directly Or through COntractual, licensing, Or other arrangement: (1) Deny a qualified handicapped perSOn any Service, aid Or other benefit Of a federally assisted program;

(2) Provide different or separate aids, benefits, or Services to handicapped persons Or to any class of handicapped persons than is provided to others unless the action is necessary to provide qualified handicapped perSonS with aids, benefits, Or Services that are a S effective as those provided to Others; (3) Aid Or perpetuate discrimination against a qualified handicapped person by providing Significant assistance to an entity that discriminates On the basis of handicap in providing aids, benefits, Or Services to beneficiaries of the recipient’s program; (4) Deny a qualified handicapped perSOn the Opportunity to participate as a member of planning Or advisory boards; OI’ (5) Limit a qualified handicapped person in any other way in the enjoyment of any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity enjoyed by others receiving an aid, benefit Or Service from the program. (b) A recipient may not, in determining the Site or location of a facility, make Selections: (1) That have the effect of excluding handicapped persons from, denying them the benefits of, or otherwise subjecting them to discrimination under any program or activity that receives Or benefits from EPA asSistance Or (2) that have the purpose or effect of defeating or Substantially impairing the accomplishment of the objectives of the program or activity reCeiving EPA assistance with respect to handicapped perSons. (c) A recipient Shall not use Criteria. or methods of administering any program Or activity receiving EPA assistance which have the effect of subjecting individuals to discrimination beCause of their handicap, or have the effect of defeating or substantially impairing a CCOmplishment Of the Objectives of Such program or activity with respect to handicapped perSons. (d) Recipients Shall take appropriate Steps to ensure that Communications With their applicants, employees, and beneficiaries are available to persons with impaired vision and hearing. (e) The exclusion of non-handicapped perSons or Specified Classes of handiCapped perSons from programs limited by Federal statute or Executive Order to handicapped perSons Or a different

Class of handicapped persons is not prohibited by this subpart.

$7.55 Separate or different programs.

Recipients shall not deny a qualified handicapped person an opportunity equal to that afforded others to participate in Or benefit from the aid, benefit, Or service in the program receiving EPA assistance. Recipients shall administer programs in the most integrated Setting appropriate to the needs of qualified handicapped persons.

$7.60 Prohibitions and requirements relating to employment.

(a) NO qualified handicapped person Shall, On the basis of handicap, be subjected to discrimination in employment under any program Or activity that receives Or benefits from Federal aSSistance. (b) A recipient shall make all deciSions Concerning employment, under any program Or activity to which this part applies in a manner which ensures that discrimination. On the basis of handicap does not occur, and Shall not limit, Segregate, or classify applicants Or employees in any way that adversely affects their opportunities or Status because of handicap. (c) The prohibition against discrimination in employment applies to the following activities: (1) Recruitment, advertising, and the processing of applications for employment; (2) Hiring, upgrading, promotion, award Of tenure, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, right of return from layoff, and rehiring; (3) Rates Of pay Or any other form of Compensation and changes in compensation; . (4) Job assignments, job classifications, Organizational Structures, position descriptions, lines of progression, and Seniority lists; (5) Leaves of absence, sick leave, or any other leave; (6) Fringe benefits available by virtue of employment, whether or not administered by the recipient; (7) Selection and financial support for training, including apprenticeship, professional meetings, Conferences, and Other related activities, and Selection for leaves of absence to pursue train1Ing; (8) Employer Sponsored activities, including Social or recreational programs; Or (9) Any other term, condition, or privilege of employment. (d) A recipient shall not participate in a contractual or other relationship that has the effect of subjecting qualified handicapped applicants or employees to discrimination prohibited by this subpart. The relationships referred to in this paragraph include relationships with employment and referral agencies, with labor unions, with organizations providing or administering fringe benefits to employees of the recipient, and with Organizations providing training and apprenticeship programs. (e) A recipient Shall make reasonable accommodation to the known physical Or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified handicapped applicant or employee unless the recipient can demOnStrate that the accommodation WOuld in pose an undue hardship On the Operation Of its program. (f) A recipient shall not use employment testS Or Criteria, that discriminate against handicapped persons and Shall ensure that employment tests are adapted for use by persons who have handicaps that impair Sensory, manual, Or Speaking Skills. (g) A recipient Shall not conduct a preemployment medical examination Or make a preemployment inquiry as to whether an applicant is a handiCapped perSOn Or as to the nature Or Severity of a handicap except as permitted by the Department of Justice in 28 CFR 42.513.

§ 7.65 Accessibility.

(a) General. A recipient Shall Operate each program Or activity receiving EPA assistance SO that Such program Or activity, when viewed in its entirety, is readily accessible to and usable by handicapped persons. This paragraph does not:

(1) Necessarily require a recipient to make each of its existing facilities or every part of an existing facility accesSible to and usable by handicapped perSOIOS.

(2) Require a recipient to take any action that the recipient can demOnStrate would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of its program Or activity Or in undue financial and administrative burdens. If an action WOuld result in Such an alternation Or Such financial and administrative burdens, the recipient shall be required to take any other action that would not result in Such an alteration or finanCial and administrative burdens but would nevertheless ensure that handiCapped perSons receive the benefits and Services of the program or activity reCeiving EPA assistance. (b) Methods of making eristing programs accessible. A recipient may comply with the accessibility requirements Of this Section by making structural changes, redesigning equipment, reasSigning Services to accessible buildings, a.SSigning aides to beneficiaries, or any Other means that make its program or activity accessible to handicapped perSons. In Choosing among alternatives, a. recipient must give priority to methOds that offer program benefits to handicapped persons in the most integrated Setting appropriate. (C) Deadlines. (1) Except where structural changes in facilities are necessary, recipients must adhere to the provisions Of this Section within 60 dayS after the effective date of this part. (2) Recipients having an existing faCility which does require alterations in Order to make a program or activity accessible must prepare a transition plan in accordance with $7.75 within Six months from the effective date of this part. The recipient must complete the changes as soon as possible, but not later than three years from date of award. (d) Notice of accessibility. The recipient must make Sure that interested persons, including those with impaired vision or hearing, can find out about the existence and location of the asSisted program Services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by handicapped perSons. (e) Structural and financial feasibility. This Section does not require Structural alterations to existing facilities if making such alterations would not be structurally or financially feasible.

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