WASHINGTON , D.C. U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced Thursday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is releasing $1.6 million to West Virginia University (WVU) for the National Small Flows Clearinghouse.Byrd added the funds to the Fiscal Year 2000 Veterans Affairs/Housing and Urban Development/Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill.

“The National Small Flows Clearinghouse helps small communities to utilize new technologies to effectively address their wastewater needs,”Byrd explained.

“Having grown up in small communities in Southern West Virginia, I have seen what it is like not to have a modern sewer system.Unfortunately, as we sit on the verge of the 21st Century, we stillhave communities in the same situation that I saw as a young boy.That should not be the case in a nation such as the United States,”Byrd said.

The National Small Flows Clearinghouse provides communities with information about alternative technologies, pollution prevention, state regulations, and wastewater research.The Clearinghouse is the only national resource of its type dealing with small community wastewater infrastructure.