Pennsylvania adopts $35 million dam repair program

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell has signed into law a bill that will provide at least $35 million to repair unsafe high-hazard dams owned by the state or municipalities.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is to review grant applications and make recommendations to the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which will decide awards.

Applicants for dam repair funds are responsible for funding at least 25 percent of the amount authorized by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for the project.

Criteria for funding include the level of hazard posed by the dam and whether the proposed project is the most cost-effective way to address the hazard.

The new law will provide $800 million over the next ten years to repair unsafe dams, and for critical water, sewer, and flood control projects.

Rendell, who signed the bill July 9, had included repair of high-hazard dams owned by the state and local governments in his Rebuilding Pennsylvania plan, proposed in February. (HNN 2/11/08)

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