Milton, PA, Jan 11, 2012 -- Contact:
Dawn Knepp 717-237-2286
Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Milton Regional Sewer Project
State-of-the-art green sewage treatment plant to serve 5,608 residences
Milton, Pa., Jan. 11, 2012 – A ceremonial groundbreaking, held today for the Milton Regional Sewer Authority (MRSA) Wastewater to Energy Project, marks an important day for local residents. Officials from USDA Rural Development, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and MRSA board members participated in the groundbreaking.
The project will provide a state-of-the-art green sewer treatment plant—an efficient, regionalized solution to the problem of sewage treatment. MRSA will serve 5,608 residences from four municipalities surrounding Milton as well as neighboring municipalities. It also serves ConAgra Foods®, a large food processing plant that makes Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Kid Cuisine, and many other products. MRSA’s new sewer treatment facility design features a unique arrangement with ConAgra Foods®. The waste from the ConAgra Foods® plant lends itself to anaerobic treatment, which produces biogas. MRSA will use the biogas to produce electricity and heat for the plant, while ConAgra will save on hauling/landfill costs.
The project will help clean up the Chesapeake Bay, reduce landfill dumping, create renewable energy, promote regionalization of sewage treatment and promote job retention and creation. In addition, the sewer authority will be adding methane digesters to provide fuel for generators that will sell power to the grid and offset the cost of its electricity use. The sludge treatment improvements will also provide an end product that is marketable as fertilizer.
USDA Rural Development provided an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) loan, administered by the Water and Environmental Program, which provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas. Additional funding was provided by a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection grant and a Pennsylvania H2O grant.
“This project is an example of how USDA Rural Development is helping to protect the environment throughout rural Pennsylvania,” said Tom Williams, Rural Development State Director. “And, this project advances the Obama Administration’s economic recovery goals to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure by creating jobs.”
USDA Rural Development serves as the lead federal agency for rural development needs by offering financial and technical assistance to individuals, businesses and communities. USDA Rural Development programs include funding for day care centers, fire trucks and other community facility projects; the purchase, construction or repair of homes; loans and guarantees to rural businesses to save or create jobs and renewable energy; and loans and grants for water and sewer utility projects. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa.
President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It was designed to jumpstart the nation’s economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act included measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
More information about USDA’s Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery. More information about the Federal government’s efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov.
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