U.S. EPA Commits $330M to Reduce Air Emissions from Wastewater Treatment Plants
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When combined with other funding sources, the WIFIA program has supported $40 billion for America’s water infrastructure
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan totaling $330 million to the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD Project Clear) in Missouri. This funding will help reduce air emissions by 90%, support energy efficiency, and meet regulatory compliance by constructing new biosolids processing facilities.
Since its creation, EPA’s WIFIA program has announced $19 billion in financing to support 112 projects, totaling over $40 billion, that are strengthening drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure while creating over 60,000 jobs nationwide.
“This loan will have profound impacts on both the environment and the economy in the St. Louis region,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Meg McCollister. “Through MSD Project Clear’s efforts, neighboring communities will experience substantially reduced air and odor emissions, as well as increased job opportunities in the region.”
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The MSD Project Clear Solids Management Upgrades project will reduce air emissions and ensure continued compliance with regulations. While MSD Project Clear’s existing biosolids treatment facilities, built in the 1970s, continue to meet or exceed all air quality standards, they rely on outdated technology. With EPA’s WIFIA loan, newly constructed biosolids processing facilities will have emissions controls that drastically reduce pollutants and air emissions by 90% using modern, energy efficient equipment that requires less fuel to operate. MSD Project Clear will also construct odor control systems to reduce the impact of unpleasant smells on neighboring communities with environmental justice concerns.
“The Solids Management Upgrades project is about more than infrastructure improvements – it’s a long-term investment in the health and well-being of our community,” said Brian Hoelscher, MSD Project Clear executive director and CEO. “WIFIA’s cost-effective loans are one way we are able to complete these vital improvements while upholding our commitment to be good stewards of public funds.”
MSD Project Clear will save approximately $86 million by financing with a WIFIA loan. Investing in their infrastructure will create approximately 3,000 jobs.