H.R. 1980 (103rd): Rural Community Water Pollution Control Assistance Act of 1993

103rd Congress, 1993–1994. Text as of May 05, 1993 (Introduced).

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HR 1980 IH

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1980

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide additional assistance to economically distressed rural communities under the State water pollution control revolving loan fund program.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 5, 1993

Ms. LONG (for herself, Mr. EWING, Mr. LANCASTER, Mr. BAESLER, Mr. KINGSTON, Mr. POMEROY, Mr. EMERSON, Mrs. THURMAN, Mr. MYERS of Indiana, Mr. MINGE, Mr. STUPAK, Mr. SPENCE, Mr. PETERSON of Florida, Mr. CLINGER, Mr. PARKER, Mr. MCHUGH, Mrs. CLAYTON, Mr. BEREUTER, Mr. VOLKMER, and Mr. GILLMOR) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Public Works and Transportation


A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide additional assistance to economically distressed rural communities under the State water pollution control revolving loan fund program.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Rural Community Water Pollution Control Assistance Act of 1993’.

SEC. 2. TYPES OF ASSISTANCE.

    (a) LOAN PROGRAM- Section 603(d)(1) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1383(d)(1)) is amended--

      (1) in subparagraph (A) by inserting after ‘20 years’ the following: ‘and at terms not to exceed 40 years in the case of loans to economically distressed rural communities’;

      (2) in subparagraph (B) by inserting after ‘1 year’ the following: ‘and not later than 3 years in the case of loans to economically distressed rural communities’;

      (3) in subparagraph (B) by inserting after ‘20 years’ the following: ‘and at terms not to exceed 40 years in the case of loans to economically distressed rural communities’; and

      (4) by redesignating subparagraphs (C) and (D) as subparagraphs (D) and (E), respectively, and inserting after subparagraph (B) the following:

        ‘(C) not less than 15 percent of amounts deposited in the fund after the date of the enactment of this subparagraph will be used to make loans to economically distressed rural communities;’.

    (b) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE- Section 603(d) of such Act is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘and’ at the end of paragraph (6);

      (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (7) and inserting ‘; and’; and

      (3) by adding at the end the following:

      ‘(8) for providing technical assistance to economically distressed rural communities in the operation, management, and maintenance of waste water treatment works, including--

        ‘(A) the provision of information and guidance with respect to financial management, user fee analysis, budgeting, capital improvement planning, and development of funding applications;

        ‘(B) the provision of information and guidance with respect to facility operation and maintenance requirements, repair schedules, and other activities necessary to improve treatment plant operations;

        ‘(C) the provision of information and guidance on management restructuring, including physical consolidation, shared use of equipment, and staff functions; and

        ‘(D) the provision of assistance in identifying and evaluating appropriate technologies, associated management and maintenance costs, and least cost options;

      except that amounts available for providing such technical assistance shall not exceed 1.5 percent of all grant awards made after the date of the enactment of this paragraph to such fund under this title.’.

    (c) DEFINITION- Section 603 of such Act is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(i) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this title, the following definitions apply:

      ‘(1) ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED RURAL COMMUNITY- The term ‘economically distressed rural community’ means a rural community--

        ‘(A) in which the median household income of the residents of such community is less than 75 percent of the median statewide nonmetropolitan household income, as determined by the latest decennial census of the United States; or

        ‘(B) in which the rate of poverty for the residents of such community is greater than the national poverty rate, as determined annually by the Office of Management and Budget.

      ‘(2) RURAL COMMUNITY- The term ‘rural community’ means a community which is located in a nonmetropolitan county and which has a population of 3,500 individuals or less, as determined by the latest decennial census of the United States.’.

SEC. 3. ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES.

    Section 603(d)(7) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1382(d)(7)) is amended by striking ‘4 percent’ and inserting ‘4.5 percent’.

SEC. 4. INTENDED USE PLAN.

    Section 606(c) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1386(c)) is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘and’ at the end of paragraph (4);

      (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (5) and inserting ‘; and’; and

      (3) by adding at the end the following:

      ‘(6) the criteria used to evaluate loan repayment affordability and to determine loan interest rates.’.