Lenient sanctions allow candidates to repeatedly ignore health protocols

first_imgDuring the first week of campaigning for the 2020 simultaneous regional elections, a number of candidates violated COVID-19 health protocols while hosting face-to-face events, the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) has said. Observers blame the leniency of sanctions for the number of health violations.Bawaslu announced that an undisclosed number of candidates in 53 regencies and cities had hosted campaign events either without physical distancing and mask-wearing or with more than 50 people in attendance from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30. Bawaslu said it had dispersed the events, which were in violation of a General Elections Commission (KPU) regulation.The regulation, issued on Sept. 23, bans candidates from holding rallies and crowded events such as concerts during the campaign period, which lasts from Sept. 26 to Dec. 5. Candidates must instead use online platforms to reach voters, and they may host face-to-face rallies indoors only when online campaigns are impossible. The events must be held under strict health protocols with no more than 50 attendees. Candidates and members of their supporting political parties and campaign teams who violate the regulation will receive warnings from the KPU, a penalty that critics say is too lenient. Bawaslu may disband campaign activities in violation of social distancing rules and will report repeat offenders to the police.Read also: KPU bans rallies, concerts for regional pollsBawaslu member Mochammad Afifuddin said his office could not yet disclose the number of violations during the first week of campaigning because the data had not been compiled. He promised he would release details soon and would continue disclosing violations every week until the campaign season ended on Dec. 5.He said 250 of the 582 campaign events held from Sept. 28 to Sept. 30 were face-to-face events and noted that candidates preferred promoting themselves in person to using online platforms. He said some of the in-person events had violated protocols but not all of them.“We haven’t compiled the total number of campaign violations as of Friday, but what I can say is that many candidates still opted for face-to-face rallies,” Afifuddin told The Jakarta Post on Friday. “We are afraid that such a way of campaigning will definitely increase the risk of COVID-19 contagion in the country if candidates keep neglecting health protocols.”Health protocols during elections (JP/Hengky Wijaya)President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s son-in-law Bobby Nasution, who is running for mayor of Medan, reportedly violated health protocols in his campaign. Tempo.co reported that Bawaslu had warned Bobby’s campaign team to stop doing so.KPU commissioner Ilham Saputra said the agency had received most of Bawaslu’s reports and would issue warnings to offenders. He did not disclose the number of the violations.“Nonetheless, we thank candidates for not hosting concerts that could attract crowds,” he said, adding that everyone should play a part in ensuring safe elections.Read also: Regional polls will be COVID-19 free: MinisterElection activists and health experts have repeatedly criticized the government for insisting on going ahead with the regional races as scheduled in December despite the public health risks. They have demanded postponement, warning of low voter turnout that could undermine the electoral process.The outcry was amplified after Bawaslu found last month that 243 prospective candidates had violated health protocols by bringing large entourages to register their candidacies at regional KPU offices from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6.Khoirunnisa Nur Agustyati of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) said more violations of health protocols would be seen in the near future “because the KPU regulation gives only lenient sanctions to the offenders”.The KPU initially wanted to introduce stricter punishments than those that prevailed in its regulation, but the commission refrained from doing so because the 2016 Regional Elections Law did not provide for sanctions against people who put public health at risk during elections.Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said he had instructed the police not to hesitate to take stern measures against repeat offenders who defied KPU warnings.“There will be mass health protocol violations during campaigning over the next few weeks if we don’t take the issue seriously,” he said.Many political parties have told their candidates to prioritize virtual campaign events and to stay disciplined in applying COVID-19 health protocols.Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta returns to transitional PSBB as Anies claims ‘flattened’ COVID-19 curve

first_imgAnies said that during the new transitional PSBB, businesses that were allowed to open must record each visitor in a physical or digital guest book to assist in contact tracing of positive cases.The visitor data that must be recorded includes names, phone numbers, identity card numbers (NIK) as well as the time of their visit. The data must be handed over to the Jakarta administration regularly.Businesses must also prepare a COVID-19 safety plan with further protocols to be regulated by the relevant city agencies.“Every resident is responsible for participating in efforts to prevent COVID-19 transmission,” Anies said. “If one place is not disciplined, the whole city will bear the consequences.”Topics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has once again relaxed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the capital, starting another transitional phase on Monday despite the more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases confirmed daily.“We implemented the emergency brake policy [full PSBB] for about a month because the number of cases was increasing out of our control. After the number of new cases became more stable, we started to release the brakes slowly, step by step,” Anies said in a written statement on Sunday.The transitional period will last at least until Oct. 25. Anies said the decision was made based on the number of daily new cases, the daily mortality rate and the trend of total active cases that has flattened during the past few weeks, as well as the increased hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients.Between Aug. 29 and Sept. 11, Jakarta recorded 14,155 new positive cases or a 37.09 percent increase from the previous two-week period. From Sept. 11 to 25, it recorded 16,606 new positive cases or a 31.74 percent increase, while between Sept. 25 and Oct. 9, it recorded 15,437 new infections or a 22.39 percent increase.During the transitional period, workplaces in 11 essential industries — including health, food, energy, communications, finance, logistics and daily needs retail — will be allowed to operate at full capacity, while non-essential businesses may allow up to 50 percent of their employees to work at the office.Restaurants will be allowed to serve dine-in customers at 50 percent of their maximum capacity, while houses of worship are also allowed to reopen.last_img read more

Marcus Rashford calls on Man Utd fans for help ahead of Man City clash

first_imgAdvertisement Phil HaighWednesday 24 Apr 2019 3:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Marcus Rashford calls on Man Utd fans for help ahead of Man City clash Marcus Rashford has not scored in four games (Picture: Getty Images)‘United vs City and United vss Liverpool mean the most to every United player and every United fan,’ Rashford said in an interview with United Review.‘But, as a player, you have to understand that every game in the league is for three points and, whether you’re playing against Everton or Chelsea, they all have the exact same importance as when you play City or Liverpool. It’s the emotions which are a bit different.‘I know the fans are always emotionally attached to this game, like we are, and I’d just say always keep that feeling and we’ll do our best to get the three points.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPaul Pogba offered a similar sentiment, describing playing in derby matches as ‘beautiful’ as he prepares for the battle with City.‘You can see that those games are very intense and it is beautiful to play in those games because you get the experience,’ Pogba told Sky Sports.‘You have the crowd that are behind you and they just push you. To win those games is really beautiful. It feels like it is different from other games.’United are missing Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia in defence, but Luke Shaw is available again having served a suspension.Ander Herrera was thought to be making a return from injury, but did not arrive with the squad at the team hotel on Tuesday.MORE: Lorenzo Insigne would prefer Chelsea transfer over Liverpool switchMORE: Callum Hudson-Odoi undergoes surgery to repair ruptured Achilles Marcus Rashford has made something of a rallying cry (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Manchester United are up against it against Manchester City on Wednesday night and Marcus Rashford has called upon the Old Trafford crowd to have their emotions running high against the Premier League champions.United are the distant underdogs against their local rivals as City are bidding for three points to take them back to the top of the Premier League table.The Red Devils are coming off a demoralising 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Everton on Sunday, but they need three points themselves as they fight for a Champions League spot.United are currently in sixth but could leapfrog Arsenal into fifth, depending on what the Gunners do at Wolves on Wednesday evening.AdvertisementAdvertisementRashford knows what the task at hand is against Pep Guardiola’s men, but believes that a special atmosphere could be enough to swing the game United’s way. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Arsenal hold talks with Luis Enrique to replace Unai Emery

first_imgUnai Emery is under huge pressure after Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester City (AFP via Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisementBut now El Confidencial’s Kike Marin claims that Sanllehi is actively looking to replace Emery and has met with Luis Enrique.The 49-year-old won nine major trophies during his three years as Barcelona manager which included the treble in his first season at the club. Advertisement Arsenal hold talks with Luis Enrique to replace Unai Emery Luis Enrique won nine major trophies as Barcelona manager (AFP via Getty Images)Luis Enrique took over as Spain coach in July 2018 but left 11 months later for personal reasons as his nine-year-old daughter Xana passed away from osteosarcoma – a form of bone cancer – in August.The Spaniard was reportedly on Arsenal’s initial shortlist when the Gunners were looking to replace Arsene Wenger in 2018.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 8:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15.6kSharescenter_img Luis Enrique is in the running to become Arsenal’s next manager (Getty Images)Arsenal have held talks with Luis Enrique as a potential replacement for Unai Emery, according to reports in Spain.Emery is under increasing pressure at Arsenal following his side’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday, which has left the club eight points behind fourth place.The Gunners have also registered just one win in their last six Premier League matches, while fans are now calling on Emery to be sacked during the international break.Last week, reports claimed that Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi had met with Jose Mourinho to discuss his potential arrival at the club.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Unai Emery aims dig at Mesut Ozil and explains why he did not play him

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jan 2020 11:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link427Shares The German playmaker has come back into the Gunners’ side under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Axed Arsenal boss Unai Emery has taken a little swipe at former charge Mesut Ozil and warned Mikel Arteta that the playmaker is too ‘unpredictable’ to be a cornerstone of the team.The German made just one Premier League appearance in the first 10 games of the season, having been frozen out by Emery, though poor results forced him to bring Ozil back into the side.However, performances did not improve and Emery was sacked soon after, with Freddie Ljungberg taking over on an interim basis before Arteta was handed the job full-time. Commentcenter_img Ozil has found a more appreciative manager in Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘He is playing a 4-2-3-1 like ours. Ozil is No 10, and is slowly looking for his identity.‘But with my departure, the hostile atmosphere was relaxed. The results are not being the best but you have to give it time to do so.’MORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta delivers transfer update on deadline dayMORE: Unai Emery slams Arsenal fans and rates Mikel Arteta’s start as managerMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Emery dropped Ozil from Arsenal’s side for much of the season (Picture: Getty)Ozil has since become a key part of Arteta’s plans, starting their last six Premier League matches, though Emery has defended freezing out the 31-year-old and insists he is not consistent enough to rely upon.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked for his thoughts on Ozil, Emery told Spanish newspaper Marca: ‘He’s a very good player, that’s clear. But the physical demands in the Premier League are high.‘His performances are unpredictable. He’s a bit below the top players at the moment.‘Sometimes Arsenal play better with him but other times he doesn’t make such a difference.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal have recovered after their poor start to the season under Emery and are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions, with the former Sevilla boss feeling there is more to come from Arteta and his side.Speaking about his successor, Emery added: ‘Mikel has a lot of experience as a footballer and has worked alongside Pep [Guardiola], who is a top coach. Unai Emery sounds warning over ‘unpredictable’ Mesut Ozil and explains why he did not play himlast_img read more

Philippe Senderos urges Mikel Arteta to secure Kalidou Koulibaly transfer

first_imgKoulibaly would demand a massive transfer fee (Picture: Getty)Philippe Senderos insists Arsenal need a great defender and has urged Mikel Arteta to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly.Arsenal have tasked Arteta with steering the club back to being title contenders, but the head coach is yet to make any major changes to his squad.In an Instagram live chat with Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Senderos revealed he knew the two defensive targets Arsenal were chasing.He said: ‘Arteta knows the environment well and can bring Arsenal back to the top. ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘After (Arsene) Wenger’s farewell it wasn’t easy to start again. With (Unai) Emery things didn’t go well, but Mikel can be the right man. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I want to see the Gunners up high again: you need a great defender.’‘I know they are interested in Koulibaly and [Barcelona star Samuel] Umtiti,’ he added. ‘I would take one of the two to return to the top. The favourite? I say KK.’ Comment Philippe Senderos urges Mikel Arteta to secure Kalidou Koulibaly transfer Advertisement Senderos insists Arsenal need better defenders (Picture: GettyArsenal have long been linked with a move for Umtiti, but have been unable to convince the Frenchman to leave Barcelona.Umtiti is reportedly surplus to requirements at Barcelona, but the defender is keen to stay at the club and prove himself under new manager Quique Setien.Koulibaly has repeatedly been tipped for a big-money switch to the Premier League, but no club has been able to match Napoli’s asking price.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Italians value Koulibaly at over £80million and it is very unlikely Arsenal will have the funds to launch a move for the 28-year-old.Arsenal are facing a difficult transfer window due to the financial difficulties the coronavirus pandemic has caused for football.Club chiefs have already told Arteta there is unlikely to be any big-name signings in the next window and the club will focus on securing free agents and swap deals.MORE: Nabil Fekir wants to stay at Real Betis after Arsenal approachMORE: Omari Forson to snub Arsenal transfer interest and sign pro contract with Manchester UnitedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarryThursday 30 Apr 2020 7:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Plans to Improve Harrisburg Transportation Center

first_img January 21, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Plans to Improve Harrisburg Transportation Center SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced plans for improvements to the Harrisburg Transportation Center and surrounding areas. The governor was joined by PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards and Mayor Eric Papenfuse.“Enhancing Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure is essential to the region’s economy and the Harrisburg Transportation Center is a vital hub that serves our Keystone Corridor passenger rail service, as well as intercity bus and local transit,” Governor Wolf said. “The center serves more than 1.6 million riders per year, including many people working for the commonwealth. State government calls Harrisburg home and we want to partner with the city where possible to improve the quality of life for its residents and businesses.”PennDOT envisions an initial investment of $15 million in federal and state dollars to bring the Transportation Center to a state of good repair. Long range, the project envisions $50 million to $60 million in federal and state dollars for station and other transportation and land use improvements. These are intended to attract private sector investment to improve the areas around the station.“We want to partner with Amtrak, the city of Harrisburg, and its redevelopment authority to invest in this center and help create a magnet for redevelopment in the surrounding area,” Secretary Richards said. “This is a huge step on the road to that goal.”“We see this critical investment as the next step in the City’s ongoing revitalization,” Mayor Papenfuse said.The Harrisburg Transportation Center, the former Pennsylvania Railroad Station, is the western terminal point for all but two of the 28 Amtrak trains that serve the station each day. The service attracts more than 1.6 million riders a year and intercity and local buses also connect at the center.Michael Baker Corp. and a subcontractor, BASE Architecture Planning and Engineering, Inc., will begin by conducting research and outreach as a first step to a Transit Oriented Development plan.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

BLOG: We Asked PA Families How They Would Be Impacted by Medical Marijuana Legalization

first_img Medical Marijuana,  The Blog Yesterday, the Pennsylvania House passed SB3, answering the Governor Wolf’s call to send the medical marijuana legalization bill to his desk. The Governor is proud to sign this bill, which will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment.Members of both parties in the House and Senate have at last come together to help patients who have run out of medical options and thousands of advocates have fought tirelessly for this cause.As Governor Wolf prepares to sign this historic legislation into law, take a look at what some Pennsylvania families had to say about how medical marijuana could impact them.Jackson’s StoryBy: Cara Salemme, Jackson’s Mother“Jackson was born a healthy kid and with a twin brother. When he was 5 years old, Jackson woke up with a headache and had a seizure. He was rushed to the hospital, but continued to have seizures for three months straight. Jackson was later diagnosed with Intractable-Epilepsy: chronic uncontrolled seizures despite doctor prescribed medication. We want a better life for our child, but the medications available now aren’t helping enough and have harmful side effects. Before this legislation, we couldn’t even talk to Jackson’s doctors about the possibility of using medical marijuana. When you are fighting for your life you deserve every option available, and this legislation will finally allow us to have an open discussion, a true dialogue with Jackson’s medical team. I’ve always hoped medical marijuana would change Jackson’s life but, even if it doesn’t, I hope it will change the lives of other suffering Pennsylvanians.”Diana’s StoryBy: Louanne Speece, Diana’s Mother“I have been an advocate for medical marijuana for sometime now because I know it can change my daughter’s life. It’s not a miracle drug, but it can give her a better quality of life. I believe this process has taken so long because of fear, but soon everyone will realize medical marijuana should have legalized long ago. In other states, medical marijuana has been proven to alleviate a patient’s suffering. If medical marijuana became law today, I would be optimistic that Diana would finally receive the additional support from doctors she always needed.”Hannah’s StoryBy: Heather Shuker, Hannah’s Mother“Our brave Hannah just turned 13 — her doctors thought she wouldn’t live long after birth. Hannah frequently experiences severe seizures and doctors haven’t been able to diagnose her condition. What we do know is that her seizure medications don’t control them completely and have drastic side effects. The side effects from these medications have physically and mentally changed our Hannah, taking away her beautiful smile and causing her to have severe depression. We know that medical marijuana is the only treatment for her without side effects. We are hoping, with new legislation in place, that with the right doctor recommended ratio of THC and CBD Hannah would be released from her depression and she could regain her strength to once again run as she joyfully used to. So far, my conversations with physicians on this subject have been on vague terms, but I hope this new law could soon open the doors to a full dialogue with Hannah’s doctors and finally provide us the professional support we have needed for a long time.” Read more posts about legalizing medical marijuana.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Darwin Paz, Digital Assistant April 14, 2016center_img BLOG: We Asked PA Families How They Would Be Impacted by Medical Marijuana Legalization SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

GO-TIME: Insurance Department Finds Mcare Savings

first_img December 05, 2016 Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today announced her department has reduced administrative costs for the state’s medical liability insurance program by using its staff to perform work previously done by outside actuaries.“The costs to administer the Mcare Fund are borne by the health care providers it serves. We have decided to bring the annual Mcare assessment calculation in house, and get this done with no additional staff,” Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said. “This will save Pennsylvanians money this year, and every year going forward, while still making sure this vital fund is available for patients who need it.”The Insurance Department administers the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund, known as Mcare, which provides payments to patients who have been injured by medical malpractice. Mcare is funded through annual assessments paid by doctors, hospitals and other health care providers based on criteria laid out in the law governing the fund. Although this calculation is based entirely on Mcare’s own data and the statutory formula, Mcare had paid outside actuaries approximately $23,000 each year to perform the calculations to determine the assessment for the coming year.“Governor Wolf has asked each agency to constantly be looking for ways to save Pennsylvanians money through how we do business, and I am pleased the Insurance Department is able to contribute again to this effort,” Commissioner Miller said.The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services.GO-TIME works with agencies to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. During the 15-16 fiscal year, state agencies saved over $156 million.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf GO-TIME: Insurance Department Finds Mcare Savingscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 12 Counties

first_img Environment,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of 15 drinking water, wastewater, storm water, and non-point source projects across 12 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).“PENNVEST continues our commitment to clean water with the approvals of these loans and grants for a variety of water quality improvement projects in all corners of the commonwealth.” said Governor Wolf. “These projects benefit the environment, economic development, and public health and will further our shared goal of a clean and safe environment for our families to enjoy, as well as, my vision for a better Pennsylvania, both now and for years to come.”A list of project summaries follows:PENNVEST Drinking Water Projects:Bucks CountyWarminster Township Municipal Authority received a $11,583,000 loan to construct 12 units to treat the water to levels of “Non-Detect” level for Perfluorinated compounds. *Cambria CountyReade Township Municipal Authority received a $1,570,000 loan to replace approximately 1,350 feet of distribution line, 8,750 feel of raw water transmission line, and 420 residential meters.Clearfield and Jefferson CountiesFalls Creek Borough Municipal Authority received a $1,329,200 loan and $670,800 grant to construction an interconnection with the City of DuBois, a control meter vault, pressure reducing valve vault and 12,600 feet of water transmission line.PENNVEST Wastewater Projects:Cambria CountyEbensburg Municipal Authority received a $9,000,000 loan to replace 60,500 feet of main line piping, manholes and laterals comprising most of the wastewater collection system. **Hastings Area Sewer Authority received a loan of $9,520,899 and $3,154,101 grant to replace approximately 56,000 feet of existing sewer mains, 275 manholes, 695 laterals/observation ports and all other necessary appurtenances. **City of Johnstown received a $10,900,000 loan to construct 33,900 feet of sewer line, 8,400 feet of pipe liner, 205 manholes and 510 lateral inspection ports. **West Taylor Township received an $856,623 loan and $343,377 grant to rehabilitate sewer lines, manholes, and extension of service.Elk and Jefferson CountiesBrockway Area Sewer Authority received a $2,993,603 loan and $1,510,765 grant to upgrade components at the wastewater treatment facility, replace sewer lines, pump stations and force main.Erie CountyLake City Municipal Sewer Authority received a $4,612,000 loan to upgrade and expand their wastewater sewer facilities, provide a new lift station and force main.  This project supports the retention of 420 local commercial and industrial jobs.Fayette CountyFairchance-Georges Joint Municipal Sewage Authority received a $15,759,284 loan and $4,247,716 grant to expand the capacity of the existing treatment facility, as well as a pump station and 89,750 ft. of sewer line extension into Georges Township. **McKean CountyBradford Sanitary Authority received a $4,652,200 loan and $2,347,800 grant to construct two new aerobic digesters, new chlorine building, extended outfall diffuser, sludge dewatering, belt filter presses, activated sludge pumps and other related treatment facility rehabilitation and upgrades.Monroe CountyWhite Oak Country Estates Property Owners Association received a $775,000 loan to construct a new pre-cast concrete in ground package plant.Non-point Source Water Quality Improvement Projects:Allegheny CountyHomestead Borough received a $1,209,656 loan to install green infrastructure in a partnership with Steel Valley School District.  The project will capture and infiltrate all the runoff form the site through the installation of four infiltration trenches with 18,900 cubic feet of storage.Storm Water Projects:Cumberland CountyMount Holly Springs Borough received a $1,640,650 grant to install approximately 2,088 feet of storm sewer pipe, 245 feet of grass drainage swales, installation of 26 inlets and installation of one rain garden and adjacent bollards.Northampton CountyBangor Borough received a $1,986,826 grant to eliminate the existing slate box culvert and replace it with a 66” storm sewer adequately sized to convey storm flows and prevent further property damage.* denotes projects that have Drinking Water State Revolving Funds** denotes projects that are funded with Clean Water State Revolving FundsThe funding comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency, and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for the projects are disbursed after bills for work have been paid and receipts submitted to PENNVEST.For more information, visit www.pennvest.pa.gov or call 717-783-6798. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 18, 2017center_img Governor Wolf Announces Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 12 Countieslast_img read more