JACKSON (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving Mississippi more than $35.3 million in federal stimulus money for wastewater projects.

The funding for the state Department of Environmental Quality was announced on Thursday.

EPA said in a news release that the money was for overdue wastewater projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment.

The funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will go to the state’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund program.

In May, EPA awarded $19.5 million in stimulus money to Mississippi to help upgrade aging water systems.

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