Senate bill sets aside $3 million for major Placer County projects

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Funding totaling $3 million for two Placer County projects is included in a new U.S. Senate appropriations bill. The Senate’s energy and water development appropriations bill for 2010 contains $2 million to help pay for preliminary design work on the county’s proposed regional wastewater treatment system. The system would tie North Auburn and Auburn to the Lincoln wastewater treatment plant. Another $1 million in the bill would be used to build a forest-fuels-burning energy plant at North Lake Tahoe. The spending still must be approved by the full Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. The funding in the Senate bill is in addition to $957,000 for the wastewater treatment system and more than $1.4 million for the biomass plant included in a bill that cleared the president’s desk in March. Rocky Rockholm, county Board of Supervisors chairman, said the county is grateful to Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer for leading the effort in Washington, D.C. to include the two projects in the bill. Supervisor Jim Holmes of Auburn said he was pleased with the reception the proposals received from the two senators. “They understood our needs and worked hard to get funding for the project in the appropriations bill,” Holmes said.