8/8/13
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MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Fee Oros

CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA Requests Nominations to Finance 2014 Wastewater Projects

Communities seeking help to fund wastewater infrastructure projects for 2014 need to respond by Aug. 30, 2013, for assistance under the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF).

In addition to loan awards, approximately $15 million will be offered to public agencies and not-for-profit organizations to carry out projects to protect or restore habitat in Ohio's water bodies under the Water Resource Restoration Sponsorship Program (WRRSP).

To be considered for funding, a project must have been nominated and appear on the state’s WPCLF project priority list. Changes added to the WPCLF for program year 2014 include:

  • introducing a 30-year loan term for qualifying projects;
  • introducing a special interest rate discount for projects that implement green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency, or other environmentally innovative activities; and
  • providing up to $5 million as principal forgiveness and focusing that financing on unsewered areas and combined sewer overflow projects that would otherwise not be financially feasible.

The WPCLF program is administered by Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority. Since 1989, the WPCLF has provided more than $6 billion in community loan assistance, and saved its customers more than $1.1 billion in interest. Ohio EPA estimates that WPCLF loans often equate to grants of 15-38 percent of a project's total cost when compared to conventional finance rates.

New nomination forms will be accepted through Aug. 30 while carry-over projects (those already listed but not awarded by Dec. 31, 2013) need to submit a revised schedule by Aug. 30 to be considered on the 2014 list. Projects may be nominated by following the instructions and forms available at http://epa.ohio.gov/defa/EnvironmentalandFinancialAssistance.aspx. Questions should be addressed to Becky McKinney by calling (614) 644-2798 or emailing becky.mckinney@epa.ohio.gov.

Low-interest loans have been provided to municipalities and individuals for agricultural best management practices; home sewage system improvements; contaminated site cleanup; and landfill closures. Additionally, the WPCLF can provide technical assistance to public wastewater systems in a variety of areas from the planning, design and construction of improvements to enhancing the technical, managerial and financial capacity of these systems.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.
 


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