WASHINGTON- In response to the ongoing water infrastructure upgrade requirements from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency being placed on rural communities throughout Ohio, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) along with seven members of the Ohio Congressional delegation today sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking her to direct the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to grant variances for communities so that needed improvements can be completed as the necessary funds become available.

Current estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Water Infrastructure Network state that the total cost of all clean water infrastructure needs nationwide to be between $300 and $400 billion, with $21 billion in Ohio projects alone.

“Ohio communities are in a very tough situation right now as they face declining local tax revenue and increased mandates with sky-high price tags from the Ohio EPA. Local community leaders have made it clear to me and our delegation that they simply cannot afford these mandates right now. The variances we are asking for will assist these communities as they work to find the revenue necessary to complete these projects,” Latta said today after sending the letter. “With an estimated $21 billion needed to meet these requirements in Ohio, in addition to the ongoing cost of proceedings with the Ohio EPA, our communities need immediate relief during this process,” Latta added.

A copy of the letter to Administrator Jackson and Ohio delegation co-signers is attached.

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... for Marcy Kaptur to have signed on to that. I don't think people realize what is headed towards us as taxpayers/property owners in Lucas County to meet clean water mandates by January 1, 2010.

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