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PENNSYLVANIA INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AUTHORITY

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs; Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Intended Use Plans; Public Meeting

[47 Pa.B. 3317]
[Saturday, June 10, 2017]

 The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) and the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) have prepared the Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Intended Use Plans (IUP). These IUPs include a list of drinking water, wastewater treatment, nonpoint source and pollution abatement projects to be considered for a design and engineering or construction loan or grant from funds the Commonwealth expects to receive from the Federal FY 2017 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) programs.

 In accordance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines on the development of the IUPs, a public meeting has been scheduled for June 28, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Auditorium, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA. This meeting is scheduled for the purpose of receiving comments from the public regarding the Federal FY 2017 IUPs. Interested persons are invited to express their views on the narrative portion of the IUPs, the DWSRF set-aside work plan or the priority rating or ranking of projects on the IUPs. Persons wishing to offer comments at the public meeting should contact the Division of Municipal Facilities at the address or telephone number listed at the end of this notice or by e-mail to jaypatel@pa.gov by 4 p.m. on June 27, 2017. When written statements are prepared and will be submitted at the meeting, speakers will be asked to restrict the oral portion of the statement to a summary of the written comments.

 The projects to be considered for a loan or grant from the DWSRF and CWSRF programs must meet the Federal requirements for funding in accordance with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C.A. §§ 300f—300j-27) and the Federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.A. §§ 1251—1388). Accordingly, the projects included in the IUPs are expected to meet the requirements applicable to the use of the DWSRF and CWSRF loan or grant funds. Projects listed in the FY 2017 IUPs are on these Commonwealth's Project Priority Lists (PPL) and are expected to proceed with design and engineering or construction within the next 2 years. A project must appear on a PENNVEST-approved IUP before it can receive a loan or grant from the State Revolving Fund programs. A project's readiness to proceed and the reasonable availability of alternative funds also have a bearing on project selection for the IUPs. Consequently, the rank ordered list of projects on the PPLs does not solely dictate the order in which projects will be chosen for inclusion in an IUP.

 The DWSRF will be capitalized with an approximated maximum of $31.8 million in Federal funds and $6.6 million of State funds. Approximately $8.6 million of these funds will be set aside for technical assistance to small systems, operator training and certification, and source water assessment and protection, as authorized under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The DWSRF IUP also includes a narrative work plan that describes how these set-aside funds will be used. PENNVEST is also allocating an additional $1.3 million for administrative purposes. Finally, an additional $6.4 million must be set aside for additional subsidization to disadvantaged communities. The FY 2017 DWSRF grant does not have a requirement to set-aside funding for green infrastructure projects. However, the Commonwealth will continue to promote them. These projects can fall into one of four categories: (1) water efficiency; (2) energy efficiency; (3) environmentally innovative; and (4) green stormwater infrastructure and meet the EPA criteria for green infrastructure.

 The CWSRF will be capitalized with an approximated maximum of $63.5 million of Federal funds and approxi-mately $12.7 million of State funds. One million dollars will be set aside for program administration costs. Finally, an approximated maximum of $15.8 million may be set aside for additional subsidization to disadvantaged communities and approximately $5.3 million must be set-aside for green infrastructure projects that fall into one or more of the following categories: (1) water efficiency; (2) energy efficiency; (3) environmentally innovative; and (4) green stormwater infrastructure and meet the EPA criteria for green infrastructure.

 It is not necessary to appear at the public meeting to present comments on the narrative portion of the IUPs, the set-aside work plan or the PPLs. Interested persons may also submit written comments to the Department through Monday, July 10, 2016. Commentators are encouraged to submit electronic comments using the Department's eComment site at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment. Written comments can be submitted by e-mail to ecomment@pa.gov or by mail to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Use ''Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds'' as the subject line in written communication.

 Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Jay Patel at (717) 705-4090 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.

 A copy of the IUPs, ranking frameworks, the PPLs and the DWSRF set-aside work plan may be obtained by contacting Jay Patel, Division of Municipal Facilities, at (717) 705-4090 or through the Department's web site at http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Water/CleanWater/InfrastructureFinance. The link to these documents is on the right hand side of the page under ''State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan.''

Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Clean Water
Division of Municipal Facilities
P.O. Box 8774
11th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101-8774
(717) 705-4090

PENNVEST
Forum Building
607 South Drive, Room 434
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-8137

PATRICK McDONNELL, 
Secretary
Department of Environmental Protection
Vice Chairperson
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

PAUL K. MARCHETTI, 
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-978. Filed for public inspection June 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]



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