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Ohio EPA Assists Sebring with Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements
Ohio EPA is providing a $2.76 million loan to the village of Sebring to improve its wastewater treatment plant located at 135 East Ohio Avenue. Upgrading the treatment system will reduce the amount of phosphorus discharged from the plant and improve water quality in Fish Creek and the Upper Mahoning River Watershed.
The 20-year loan comes from the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). Sebring qualified for a one percent interest rate, which will save the village more than $1.1 million in interest payments when compared to a market rate loan.
Since 1989, the WPCLF has awarded more than $6 billion in below-market financing for sewage treatment plant upgrades and other water quality improvement projects. The program has saved borrowers more than $1.1 billion in interest. Low-interest loans also 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.
The loan program is managed by Ohio EPA with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA). Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, individual project coordination, and environmental reviews of projects seeking funds. The OWDA provides financial management of the fund.
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.