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September 9, 2009
MDEQ ANNOUNCES ARRA/WPCRLF FUNDING FOR TUPELO
(Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced today that the City of Tupelo has been approved for a subsidized low-interest loan of $1,007,750 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 the City of Tupelo. 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 Tupelo” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.
“These Recovery Act-funded projects will improve critical infrastructure, promote public health and safety, and help to create and save jobs," said Congressman Travis Childers (D-MS). "This funding is further proof that Recovery Act is at work in the First Congressional District and throughout Mississippi."
The City of Tupelo will receive $1,007,750 for the construction of 5,440 linear feet of gravity interceptor replacement line to transport residential and commercial wastewater generated within the old downtown area to the existing central pumping station. The WPCRLF amount is $503,875 and the ARRA amount totals $503,875.
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: