- Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

MIAMI (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department with a $99.7 million federal loan to build 14 injection wells designed to stop wastewater from going into the Atlantic Ocean.

Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited the wastewater plant on Friday to officially sign the agreement, which is part of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, commonly known as WIFIA.

Wheeler says Miami is the community to receive a WIFIA loan. He says projects funded by the loans have created 6,000 jobs nationwide.

The agency is offering a third round of loans totaling $6 billion to applicants across the country starting Friday. Wheeler says agencies have through July 5 to apply for the low-interest loans.

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