1/13/14
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Mingo Junction Project Receives $2.4 Million Low-Interest Ohio EPA Loan for Sewers

Ohio EPA has issued a $2.4 million low-interest loan to Mingo Junction to help separate the village’s sanitary and storm sewers. Preventing infiltration from storm water sewers will reduce sewer overflows and excess flow to the wastewater treatment plant, which will decrease treatment costs and help improve water quality.

Construction began in November and should be completed within six months. Approximately 3,115 feet of sanitary sewer and 2,940 feet of storm sewer will be replaced.

The village qualified for a 1 percent interest loan, which is expected to save an estimated $1.3 million over the 20-year life of the loan when compared to the market rate. The remaining funding sources include a loan and grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission for approximately $339,376.

Since 1989, Ohio’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (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’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority. Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, individual project coordination, and environmental reviews of projects seeking funds. The Ohio Water Development Authority provides financial management of the fund.

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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. Since then, 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.


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