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8/19/19
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Anthony Chenault
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA Requests Nominations to Finance 2020 Wastewater Projects Across the State 

Nominations must be received by August 31

Communities seeking help to fund wastewater infrastructure projects for 2020 need to submit nominations by Aug. 31, 2019, for assistance under the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). Projects may be nominated by following the instructions and forms available on Ohio EPA’s website. 

“The state’s revolving loan account continues to be an excellent option for communities seeking to improve their wastewater infrastructure,” Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson said. “I encourage community leaders to work with our office, assess their needs and consider applying before the Aug. 31 deadline.”

Low-interest loan funds will be made available to all projects that meet program requirements. In addition to loan awards, approximately $36 million will be made available as “principal forgiveness” loans (loans in which some of the principal is awarded like a grant).  Additionally, up to $15 million will be offered to public agencies and not-for-profit organizations to carry out projects to restore habitat in Ohio’s water bodies under the Water Resource Restoration Sponsorship Program. 

For construction projects, nominations must be submitted to Ohio EPA by Aug. 31. Planning, design and nutrient reduction projects may be nominated at any time during the program year. 

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 $9 billion in community loan assistance and saved its customers more than $1.5 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. 

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. 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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