ALPINE, Wyo. \u2014 The State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) has approved a $2.3 million grant for a sludge treatment system in the Town of Alpine. Alpine was the only one of two grant applicants to receive approval. The grant money will go toward a modular wastewater pretreatment system and sludge handling facility at the town's wastewater treatment plant. The new system will be able to accommodate current and future organic waste from Melvin Brewery as well as future commercial and industrial developments. SLIB recommend funding up to the full amount contingent upon award notification of Alpine's application for funding through the U.S. Department of Commerce - Economic Development Administration. If funding is awarded from the Dept. of Commerce, the grant funds will be reduced accordingly. SLIB did not recommened funding a $500,000 grant for the City of Casper to restore 13.5 miles of the North Platte River and its banks that traverse Casper.