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Ohio EPA Director Recognizes City of Euclid; Visits Euclid Wastewater Treatment Plant
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler today recognized Euclid for its efforts to improve and protect Lake Erie’s water quality through major improvements to the sewer system and Euclid Wastewater Treatment Plant, and for setting an example of how to best use Ohio EPA’s technical and financial assistance programs.
“Today’s event highlights the new division I have created to provide a one-stop shop in Ohio EPA for all businesses and communities needing assistance with our technical and financial resources to help them achieve compliance,” said Director Butler. “It is important that our regulated entities not only understand what resources are available, but that we actively reach out to guide them through the process of getting help, so we can more fully meet their needs.”
“Euclid’s commitment to a cleaner lake has been greatly enhanced with the help of the Ohio EPA,” stated Mayor Bill Cervenik. “Low cost loans will help ease the burden on our rate payers and the Ohio EPAs 0% loan program will assist in reducing the cost to install MBR treatment technology to reduce nutrients to Lake Erie. They have supported us every step of the way to help achieve the goal of cleaner water.”
Euclid has employed Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund for low-cost financing since 2009. The city is using the construction manager at risk program, and is on track to receive up to $25 million in harmful algal bloom monetary assistance in 2015 from Ohio EPA’s specially targeted nutrient reduction discount initiative that will lead to better water quality in and near Lake Erie.
Ohio EPA often reaches the public through its regulatory side, but Euclid is an example of a second option that businesses and communities can use to effectively access financial and technical assistance programs that will help them achieve and maintain their environmental compliance goals.
Euclid has borrowed more than $30 million from Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund to pay for a variety of improvements including initial work on a massive overhaul of the wastewater treatment plant, separating numerous sanitary sewers from storm water sewers, and installing relief sewers and related structures to better handle excess sewage flow that would otherwise drain, untreated, into Lake Erie and its tributaries.
Euclid is among the first group of nominees for Ohio EPA’s nutrient reduction discount which could result in the city receiving $25 million at zero interest to purchase new membrane bio-reactor treatment equipment to help address problems with harmful algal blooms.
Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance:
- offers compliance assistance for industry & business;
- helps entities recognize and implement pollution prevention opportunities to save money;
- recognizes the outstanding efforts of businesses, communities and others that make a commitment to environmental stewardship through the Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Award Program;
- offers grants and logistical support to build statewide materials management programs and projects, recycling market development and litter prevention programs,
- offers State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan programs to help communities construct and maintain wastewater and drinking water infrastructure; and
provides technical assistance to help small community wastewater treatment plants improve operations and efficiency.
To learn more about how to get on board with your business, industry or community environmental efforts, contact Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance at http://www.epa.ohio.gov/defa/EnvironmentalandFinancialAssistance.aspx.
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.