Following Curbelo Legislation Signed into Law, EPA Invites Miami-Dade County to Apply for WIFIA Loan

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Washington, D.C., July 24, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) celebrated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement inviting Miami-Dade County, Florida to Apply for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Loans.

“Last Congress I was proud to introduce legislation that was signed into law to give local governments tools like tax-exempt municipal WIFIA bonds to revitalize our nation’s aging water infrastructure systems,” Curbelo said. “American municipalities need innovative, low-cost solutions to meet the great demands placed on water infrastructure systems, especially in Miami-Dade County. The WIFIA program will encourage investment and create jobs in South Florida, and I’m glad Miami-Dade County will be granted the opportunity to apply for these funds. I look forward to supporting their efforts to secure the loans necessary to upgrade our water pipes and sewers.”

The Miami-Dade County Ocean Outfall Discharge Reduction and Resiliency Enhancement application is one of 12 projects in nine states to apply for more than $2 billion in WIFIA loans. These projects were selected from a group of 43 that submitted letters of interest to EPA in April 2017.

Curbelo first introduced the WIFIA Improvement Act in October 2015. The legislation was incorporated into H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Infrastructure System (FAST) Act and signed into law later that year.

For more information about the WIFIA program, click here.  

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