SCRANTON, July 22, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today confirmed that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority Board (PENNVEST) has approved a nearly $9.1 million low-interest loan requested by the Scranton Sewer Authority.

The $9.095 million low-interest loan will fund the construction of a 1.2 million gallon detention basin below the Linden Street Bridge on the eastern side of the Lackawanna River. The project is expected to significantly reduce the combined sewer overflows into the Lackawanna River and bring the combined sewer system into compliance with a 2012 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent decree.

“I want to commend the Scranton Sewer Authority for their great work in leveraging these state resources for the removal of combined sewer overflow problems. This not only creates jobs in the short term but it protects the Lackawanna River Watershed and the Susquehanna River Watershed going forward,” Blake said. “I commend the Scranton Sewer Authority and the City of Scranton for taking care of this environmental threat.”

Blake noted that combined sewer overflow into the Lackawanna River currently exceeds 650 million gallons per year resulting in public health threats. This project is expected to eliminate all annual combined overflows except from the very largest storms.

Construction on the detention basin is expected to begin in August and finish by December 2016.

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