446A.073 TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD GRANTS.
Subdivision 1. Program established.
When money is appropriated for grants under this
program, the authority must make grants to municipalities to cover up to one-half the cost of
wastewater treatment or stormwater projects made necessary by wasteload reductions under total
maximum daily load plans required by section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act, United
States Code, title 33, section 1313(d).
Subd. 2. Grant application.
Application for a grant must be made to the authority on forms
prescribed by the authority for the total maximum daily load grant program, with additional
information as required by the authority, including a project schedule and cost estimate for the
work necessary to comply with the point source wasteload allocation. The Pollution Control
(1) in accordance with section
, calculate the essential project component percentage,
which must be multiplied by the total project cost to determine the eligible project cost; and
(2) review and certify to the authority those projects that have plans and specifications
approved under section
, subdivision 1, paragraph (f).
Subd. 3. Project priorities.
When money is appropriated for grants under this program, the
authority shall reserve money for projects in the order that their total maximum daily load plan
was approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and in an amount based on
their most recent cost estimates submitted to the authority or the as-bid costs, whichever is less.
Subd. 4. Grant approval.
The authority must make a grant to a municipality, as defined
116.182, subdivision 1
, only after:
(1) the commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has certified to the United
States Environmental Protection Agency a total maximum daily load plan for identified waters
of this state that includes a point source wasteload allocation;
(2) the Environmental Protection Agency has approved the plan;
(3) a municipality affected by the plan has estimated the cost to it of wastewater treatment
projects necessary to comply with the point source wasteload allocation;
(4) the Pollution Control Agency has approved the cost estimate; and
(5) the authority has determined that the additional financing necessary to complete the
project has been committed from other sources.
Subd. 5. Grant disbursement.
Disbursement of a grant must be made for eligible project
costs as incurred by the municipality and in accordance with a project financing agreement and
applicable state and federal laws and rules governing the payments.
History: 2005 c 20 art 1 s 39; 2006 c 251 s 12,13