Pennsylvania to Receive $ 240.4 Million in Water Infrastructure Funding | New

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WASHINGTON – United States Environmental Protection Agency administrator Michael S. Regan has announced funding that states, tribes and territories will receive in 2022 through the bipartisan law on infrastructure, which includes $ 240,381,000 to Pennsylvania for improving water infrastructure, with a focus on supporting underserved communities.

This funding, provided through the EPA’s State Revolving Fund programs, will create jobs while modernizing the aging U.S. water infrastructure and addressing key challenges such as lead in drinking water. and contamination by per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.

In a letter to Governor Tom Wolf, the administrator urged Pennsylvania to maximize the impact of statutory water funding – an unprecedented $ 50 billion national investment – to address disproportionate environmental burdens in the historically underserved communities of Pennsylvania.

The EPA will allocate $ 7.4 billion to states, tribes, and territories for 2022, with nearly half of that funding available in the form of grants or principal remission loans that remove barriers to investing in critical water infrastructure in underserved communities across rural America and in urban centers. The 2022 allocation is the first of five years of dedicated EPA SRF $ 43 billion in funding that states will receive through bipartisan infrastructure law.

Regan recently completed a “Journey to Justice” tour through the southern United States where he heard from families and advocates about their struggles against exposure to water pollution in their communities. For children, exposure to lead can have irreversible and permanent health effects, including decreased IQ, concentration and academic achievement. At the same time, families who live near high levels of contaminants such as PFAS or “forever chemicals” are at risk of developing health problems.

Implementing the bipartisan infrastructure law requires a strong partnership, and the EPA is ready to work with states to ensure communities get the full benefit of this investment.

For more information, including the state-by-state allocation of 2022 funding, and a breakdown of EPA funding by SRF program, and additional funding available through the bipartite infrastructure law, visit: https://www.epa.gov/infrastructure.

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