Acceptance of Applications for New and Innovative Technology Grants Through the Growing Greener Program
[32 Pa.B. 3671]
As part of the fourth year of the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) Growing Greener Program, applications are now being accepted for new and innovative technology grants. The Department is targeting this year's New and Innovative Water/Wastewater Technology Growing Greener Grants to promote the installation of technologies to reduce nutrient discharges from publicly owned treatment plants in the Chesapeake Bay drainage area to help fulfill the Commonwealth's commitment to the Chesapeake Bay 2000 Agreement.
This program would actively incorporate the use of innovative technologies and pollution prevention techniques into the effort to address the restoration of Commonwealth surface waters and the Chesapeake Bay that are degraded by point source nutrient discharges.
The Environmental Stewardship Fund allows the Department to provide 10% of Growing Greener funds to improve existing drinking water and sewage treatment facilities through the use of new or innovative technology. This grant program will be used to encourage projects designed to increase nutrient removal from point source wastewater discharges. The funds will be used to provide grants to municipalities and sewer authorities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to reduce the local cost for the nutrient reduction portion of the project. The applicant municipalities will be eligible for up to 80% of the local design and construction costs of the nutrient reduction technology portion of any project. Planning cost for upgrades will not be eligible but are eligible for grants under the Sewage Facilities Act Planning Program (Act 537) in accordance with existing guidelines and allocations.
Eligible proposals will address substantial nutrient pollution sources from sewage treatment systems that discharge into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and fit into one of the following categories: construction, replacement and/or installation of sewage treatment facilities.
The deadline for submitting new and innovative technology grant applications to the Department Grants Center is September 6, 2002.
To request an application or to obtain more information concerning the new and innovative technology grants, visit the Growing Greener website at http://www.growinggreener.org, e-mail GrowingGreener@state.pa.us or contact the Department of Environmental Protection, Grants Center, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, P. O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776, (877) PAGREEN or (717) 705-5400.
DAVID E. HESS,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-1311. Filed for public inspection July 26, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]
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