Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will visit Miami on Friday to highlight funding for a wastewater treatment plant and tout President Donald Trump’s commitment to flood prevention in South Florida, U.S. officials said.
Wheeler’s visit to the Southern District facility comes as the Trump administration rolls out $6 billion in newly available loans under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, an Obama-era law that devotes federal dollars to state and local water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Trump’s EPA granted Miami-Dade County one of its first loans in 2017 toward the county’s effort to eliminate routine ocean discharges by 2025.
Jennifer Messemer, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, told McClatchy the low-interest loan at nearly $100 million would go toward the construction of 14 new injection wells at three wastewater treatment plants located along the coast.
“An additional benefit will be that these newly constructed wells will be resilient to storm surge and take into consideration data related to sea level rise,” Messemer said.