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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Corbett Administration announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has begun accepting applications for five programs established by the Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund to support conservation projects and environmental protection measures.
"Governor Corbett is committed to ensuring the Marcellus Shale industry continues developing responsibly, balancing job growth and environmental protection," Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker said. "Act 13 funding directed to the CFA will provide important resources to local governments and state regulatory agencies to address environmental impacts."
The new CFA programs provide $14 million in funding available for abandoned mine drainage, abatement and treatment, watershed restoration and protection, water quality data, greenways, trails and recreation, and orphan and abandoned well plugging programs in the state.
Act 13, which Gov. Corbett signed into law on Feb. 14, 2012, created an impact fee based on wells drilled in the state. Last year, the fee generated more than $204 million that is benefitting every Pennsylvanian. The majority of the revenues are distributed to local governments where drilling is taking place, with the remainder of the money used for statewide programs or distributed to counties based on population.
The $14 million in CFA funding is in addition to $10.9 million in impact fee funding for conservation and recreation programs that has already been distributed to counties, as well as $7.2 million to the state's Growing Greener fund.
The program guidelines establish eligibility requirements for five separate programs:
Applicants can begin applying immediately under the new guidelines for the Act 13 Programs through DCED's electronic single application system. Applications are currently being accepted through July 31, 2013 for consideration at the Nov. 13, 2013 CFA meeting.
The programs are administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and the Department of Environmental Protection, under the direction of the CFA and DCNR.
For more information about the Act 13 Programs, visit www.newPA.com or call 1-866-466-3972.
Media contact: Theresa Elliott, 717-783-1132
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