STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
PHIL BRYANT, GOVERNOR
MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
TRUDY D. FISHER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Robbie Wilbur
601/961-5277
September 17, 2009
MDEQ ANNOUNCES $3.8 MILLION IN WASTEWATER FUNDING FOR CLINTON

(Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced today that the City of Clinton has been approved for a subsidized low-interest loan of $3.8 million for wastewater infrastructure improvements. The funding is being made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and the Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund Program (WPCRLF) administered by MDEQ. The ARRA portion of the funding is a loan subsidy which will not have to be repaid. The WPCRLF portion will be repaid at a 1.75 percent interest rate over 20 years.

“We are pleased to award these funds to Clinton. Mayor Aultman and other local leaders worked diligently to produce an outstanding application. Properly constructed and maintained wastewater facilities are integral to protecting our environment and the public’s health, and we know this infrastructure will be of great benefit to Clinton” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.

“We are pleased to be the recipient of these grant and loan funds. We believe this project demonstrates the City of Clinton’s continuing commitment to protecting the environment and improve water quality through the use of innovative and energy efficient new technology,” said Clinton Mayor Rosemary Aultman.

The City of Clinton will receive $3.8 million for a sludge pumping dredge, a sludge holding tank, a sludge dewatering and storage facility, solar drying greenhouses, and associated yard piping. The WPCRLF amount is $1,900,000 and the ARRA amount totals $1,900,000.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) appropriated $4.0 billion for Title VI EPA Capitalization Grants to the states’ Clean Water State Revolving Funds. Mississippi’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund (WPCRLF), administered by MDEQ, received $35,308,350. ARRA funds will be used, along with base WPCRLF Program loan funds, to jointly fund projects with the ARRA portion of each award in the form of a loan subsidy

Prior to final passage and enactment of ARRA, MDEQ conducted a comprehensive outreach campaign to alert potential borrowers of the possible availability of federal economic recovery stimulus funding. MDEQ then amended the FY-2009 WPCRLF Intended Use Plan to implement the funding in the most efficient manner, while providing the most benefit to the state. Details on the application and award process are in the amended Intended Use Plan which is available at:
http://www.deq.state.ms.us/MDEQ.nsf/pdf/SRF_FY-09IUPAmendment1/$File/IUPFY-09AmendmentNo1FINAL.pdf?OpenElement.
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