EPA awards $569 million to New York and New Jersey to restore wastewater and drinking water facilities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $340 million to the state of New York and $229 million to the state of New Jersey for improvements to wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The funds will be used on projects that reduce the risks of flood damage and increase the resiliency of wastewater and drinking water facilities to withstand the effects of severe storms. These funds, which were authorized by Congress in the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, were granted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Department of Health, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The departments will provide the funds to local communities as low- or no-interest loans that will be paid back to New York and New Jersey. Up to 30% of the federal money being provided can be awarded as grants to communities rather than as loans.