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The Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) Program Management Plan (PMP) includes guidelines for administration of program funds and project implementation over the program year. The latest update for Program Year (PY) 2020 will be effective from Jan. 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020. During the call for project nominations, which ended in August 2019, Ohio EPA received nominations totaling more than $1.9 billion for the planning, design, and construction of wastewater infrastructure and water quality improvement projects. As with previous years, Ohio EPA expects to make loan funds available for all eligible projects that meet program requirements.

For PY 2020, approximately $35 million in principal forgiveness (grant-like funding) is authorized for Ohio’s WPCLF program. We anticipate focus areas for principal forgiveness funding will include regionalization projects, household sewage treatment system (HSTS) projects, and municipal wastewater and storm water infrastructure projects. For those communities not eligible for principal forgiveness funding, interest rate discounts are also available for qualifying projects addressing other program priorities, such as regionalization and nutrient reduction.

Please note, we will continue implementing the Readiness-to-Proceed criteria for projects seeking principal forgiveness. The PY 2019 PMP introduced a phased approach for projects to demonstrate readiness-to-proceed. In PY 2020, the criteria require applicants to document an established user charge system and submit a facility plan with the project nomination.

The draft PY 2020 PMP is available for review and comment. A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 14, 2019. For questions regarding the WPCLF program, please contact Jon Bernstein (jonathan.bernstein@epa.ohio.gov) or Katie Courtright (katie.courtright@epa.ohio.gov) at (614) 644-2798, or visit the program webpage for more information epa.ohio.gov/defa/ofa.