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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 96-2166



Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Projects; Public Meeting on Federal FY 1997 Project Priority List and FY 1997 Intended Use Plan

[26 Pa.B. 6144]

   The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PIIA) and the Department of Environmental Protection have prepared the Federal fiscal year 1997 drinking water program Project Priority List and the fiscal year 1997 Intended Use Plan (IUP) list of drinking water projects to be considered for a design and engineering or construction loan from funds Pennsylvania expects to receive from fiscal year 1997 funds approved by Congress to capitalize the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program.

   The FY 1997 Project Priority List was developed in conformance with the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 and Federal guidance. The act stipulates that States must maintain a Project Priority List of drinking water projects from which to develop the annual IUP list of projects to be funded.

   The projects to be considered for a loan from the DWSRF must meet the Federal requirements for funding in accordance with section 1452 of the act. Accordingly, the projects included in the IUP are expected to meet the requirements applicable to use of the DWSRF loan funds. Projects listed on the FY 1997 IUP are expected to proceed with design and engineering or to construction in the near future. Other projects on the DWSRF Project Priority List are projects that are in development or will be developed for future loan consideration. Any project removed from an IUP is maintained on the Project Priority List unless otherwise completed.

   The FY 1997 IUP has ten drinking water projects listed with a total dollar value of approximately $47.4 million. The DWSRF will be capitalized with approximately $53.3 million of Federal FY 1997 funds from the Environmental Protection Agency and approximately $10.7 million of State funds. Some $16.6 million of the $64.0 million available will be set aside for program administration costs, technical assistance to small systems, development of an operator certification program and other drinking water program initiatives authorized under section 1452 of the act.

   A public meeting will be held, as described below. After the public meeting and assessment of the comments received, the Final FY 1997 IUP will be completed, and potentially, it may include other projects from the Project Priority List. A project must appear on the PIIA approved IUP before it can receive a loan from the DWSRF. A project's readiness to proceed and the reasonable availability of alternative funds also have a bearing on project selection for the IUP. Consequently, the rank ordered list of projects on the Project Priority List does not dictate the order in which projects will be chosen for inclusion in the IUP.

   Federal guidance on development of the Project Priority List and Intended Use Plan direct that the project lists be subject to public comment and review before being submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

   The Department has scheduled a public meeting for 10 a.m., January 22, 1997, in the Auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, located at 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA. The meeting is scheduled for the purpose of receiving comments from the public regarding the fiscal year 1997 DWSRF Project Priority List and the FY 1997 IUP. Interested persons are invited to express their views on the priority rating or ranking of projects on the Project Priority List and the IUP at the public meeting. Persons wishing to offer comments should contact the Administrative Services Section, Division of Municipal Financial Assistance, Bureau of Water Supply Management, 10th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8466, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8466, telephone (717) 787-6744, or by Internet E-Mail ( by 4 p.m., January 21, 1997. Where 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. Speakers will be called to present their comments generally in the order of receipt of the notice of intent to appear at the meeting.

   It is not necessary to appear at the public meeting to present comments on the Project Priority List or the IUP list of projects. Interested persons may submit written comments to the Department at the address shown above. Such written comments will be considered equivalent to oral statements presented at the meeting. To be considered by the Department and PIIA, the written comments must be received by the Administrative Services Section on or before the date of the meeting.

   Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Tony Maisano as noted above or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.

   The FY 1997 Project Priority List and FY 1997 IUP follow this notice.

   A copy of the FY 1997 Project Priority List and the FY 1997 Intended Use Plan is available by obtaining a copy of the December 21, 1996 issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin and is available for public review in the Administrative Services Section office and in the following offices:

Southeast Region:
Water Supply & Community Health Program Manager
Lee Park, Suite 6010, 555 North Lane, Conshohocken, PA
(610) 832-6060

Northeast Region:
Water Supply & Community Health Program Manager
2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0790
(717) 826-2553

Southcentral Region:
Water Supply & Community Health Program Manager
One Ararat Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 657-4692

Northcentral Region:
Water Supply & Community Health Program Manager
208 West 3rd Street, Williamsport, PA 17701
(717) 327-3675

Southwest Region:
Water Supply & Community Health Program Manager
400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745
(412) 442-4209

Northwest Region:
Water Supply & Community Health Program Manager
230 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335-3481
(814) 332-6899

22 S. Third Street, 4th Floor, Keystone Building,
   Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 787-8137

Department of Environmental Protection

Executive Director
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-2166. Filed for public inspection December 20, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]

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