Department holds public hearing on Recovery Act

Public hearing is April 24 in Jefferson City

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-088 For Immediate Release: April 14, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Energy Center will hold a public hearing on the statewide Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program application for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) program funding through the U.S. Department of Energy. The public hearing will be held April 24 in Jefferson City.

The Department will hold the public hearing from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m., or until all comments are noted for public record, on Friday, April 24, 2009, at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building in the Nightingale Creek Conference Room, 1101 Riverside Drive, Jefferson City, MO.

During the hearing, the public is invited to comment concerning Missouri's state plan for the new three-year Weatherization Assistance Program grant application under the Recovery Act. The program funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and are administered by the Department of Natural Resources' Energy Center.

Oral and written comments may be presented at the public hearing. After the hearing, the Department will finalize the application and submit it to the U.S. Department of Energy for final approval. The Recovery Act plan for Weatherization is separate from the regular annual program plan, which will be discussed in an April 15 hearing.

The Low-Income Weatherization Program application for the Recovery program funding is available online for review at: http://www.dnr.mo.gov/energy/weatherization/wx.htm. Please address written comments on the plan to Marcy Oerly, Department of Natural Resources, Energy Center, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. Written comments must be postmarked no later than April 24, 2009.

People with disabilities requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the Department's Energy Center at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-2254.

Since the program began in 1978, weatherization funds have helped to weatherize more than 155,000 Missouri homes. The program supports energy-efficient housing, long-term reduction in utility bills and the comfort and safety of those served. The elderly, persons with disabilities, and families with children are program priorities.

For news releases on the Web, visit www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/index.html. For a complete listing of the Department's upcoming meetings, hearings and events, visit the calendar at www.dnr.mo.gov/calendar/search.do.

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