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11/10/14
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Heather Lauer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mike Settles

Ohio EPA Proposes 2015 Water Pollution Control Loan Fund Program Management Plan

Ohio EPA will hold a meeting on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, to discuss the Agency’s draft 2015 program management plan for the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). The WPCLF provides financial and technical assistance for a variety of projects, addressing the quality of Ohio's rivers, streams, lakes and other water bodies.

The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Ohio EPA’s Center for Excellence, seventh floor, Lazarus Government Center, 50 West Town Street, Columbus. Comments will be taken until all interested persons have been heard. Written comments also can be mailed to Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or emailed to EPA.DEFAMAIL@epa.ohio.gov. All comments must be received by the close of business on Nov. 24, 2014.

Ohio EPA received several hundred project nominations and will make loan funds available to all applicants that meet program requirements.

Significant changes to the program for 2015 include:

  • In response to the need to help reduce harmful algae blooms, the WPCLF is offering an additional $100 million at a zero percent interest rate for projects that include equipment and facilities to reduce phosphorus and other excess nutrient pollutants.
  • As part of the $6.4 million in principal forgiveness, $1 million will be provided to the Ohio Department of Health to help counties, communities and individuals address home sewage treatment system problems, particularly those in the Lake Erie basin.
  • Specially discounted interest rates (zero percent hardship, 1 percent all others) will be offered to those applicants who wish to develop fiscal sustainability plans.

The primary sources of WPCLF assistance are proceeds from bond issues, available loan repayments and federal capitalization grants. Ohio EPA may issue revenue bonds to help in meeting the coming year’s funding requests.

Copies of the draft 2015 program management plan are available on the web or by contacting EPA.DEFAMAIL@epa.ohio.gov, or calling (614) 644-3636.

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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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