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Text of the To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for a national estuary pollution prevention demonstration program.

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This bill was introduced on April 14, 1994, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 14, 1994 (Introduced).

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HR 4226 IH

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4226

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for a national estuary pollution prevention demonstration program.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 14, 1994

Mr. MACHTLEY introduced the following bill; which was referred jointly to the Committees on Public Works and Transportation and Merchant Marine and Fisheries


A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for a national estuary pollution prevention demonstration program.

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

SECTION 1. NATIONAL ESTUARY POLLUTION PREVENTION.

    Section 320 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1330) is amended--

      (1) by redesignating subsection (k) as subsection (l); and

      (2) by inserting after subsection (j) the following:

    ‘(k) POLLUTION PREVENTION DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM-

      ‘(1) ESTABLISHMENT- The Administrator, in coordination with the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and appropriate officials of those States which have any portion of an estuary for which a conservation and management plan has been approved under this section located in their boundaries, shall establish a multimedia national estuary pollution prevention demonstration program to increase the use of modernizing industrial source reduction practices (as defined in section 6603(5) of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 13102(5)) through demonstrations in such estuaries.

      ‘(2) REGISTRY OF TECHNOLOGIES- The Administrator, in consultation with the appropriate officials of State technical assistance offices and the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, shall maintain a registry of modernizing toxic use and waste reduction technologies requiring demonstration.

      ‘(3) PARTICIPATION- Any person with a permit issued under section 402 to discharge into an estuary for which a conservation and management plan has been approved under this section may participate in the demonstration program through--

        ‘(A) the institution of a source reduction practice from the registry developed under paragraph (2) if the conservation and management plan identified the source to be reduced as a problem; or

        ‘(B) the institution of any other innovative source reduction practice that the Administrator determines--

          ‘(i) has the potential to significantly reduce pollutant discharges to water and other environmental media without significantly increasing pollutant discharges to any environmental medium; and

          ‘(ii) should be demonstrated.

      ‘(4) REQUIREMENTS- Any participant in the demonstration program--

        ‘(A) shall be exempt from the requirement under section 308 to pay a fee for the development of revised effluent guidelines; and

        ‘(B) may be granted an additional year to comply with any new or revised effluent standards issued under section 301(b) of this Act if, in the judgment of the Administrator, the extension is necessary and appropriate.

      ‘(5) POLLUTION PREVENTION EXTENSION SERVICE- The Administrator, in cooperation with the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and appropriate officials of State technical assistance offices, shall establish a pollution prevention extension service to provide an active outreach effort to advise, inform, and encourage pollution prevention by industrial discharges to estuaries for which conservation and management plans have been approved under this section.

      ‘(6) POLLUTION PREVENTION CLEARINGHOUSE-

        ‘(A) ESTABLISHMENT- The Administrator shall establish a national estuary pollution prevention clearinghouse.

        ‘(B) USE- The clearinghouse shall utilize the results of--

          ‘(i) research from the Environmental Protection Agency Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory; and

          ‘(ii) demonstrations conducted pursuant to this subsection;

        to provide information to municipal and industrial dischargers and sources of nonpoint pollution within the estuaries referred to in subsection (a)(2)(B) on source reduction methods, measures, techniques, and technologies.

      ‘(7) Pollution prevention for cities program-

        ‘(A) APPLICATION FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE- A municipality located within the watershed of an estuary for which a conservation and management plan has been approved under this section may apply for technical and financial assistance from the Administrator for the purposes of--

          ‘(i) implementing source reduction of toxic pollutants in urban runoff, wastewater, and stormwater and to address any problem resulting from failure of an underground septic system; or

          ‘(ii) studying the impacts of separating combined sanitary/stormwater systems in municipalities which have combined systems.

        ‘(B) ELIGIBILITY- To be eligible for assistance under this paragraph, a municipality shall apply to the Administrator with a statement--

          ‘(i) stating pollutant reduction goals; and

          ‘(ii) documenting stakeholder interest in implementing voluntary pollutant reduction measures.

        ‘(C) ASSISTANCE- The Administrator shall, for each municipality with an approved application statement--

          ‘(i) provide technical assistance in the development of a municipal source reduction action plan; and

          ‘(ii) authorize the expenditure of State revolving fund moneys pursuant to title VI for the implementation of an approved source reduction plan.’.

SEC. 2. FUNDING FROM STATE REVOLVING LOAN FUND PROGRAM.

    Sections 601(a) and 603(c) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1381(a) and 1383(c)) are each amended--

      (1) by striking ‘and’ at the end of clause (2); and

      (2) by inserting before the period at the end of the first sentence the following: ‘, and (4) notwithstanding section 602(b)(5) of this Act, for carrying out activities relating to estuaries under section 320(k), including implementing a source reduction action plan that has been approved by the Administrator pursuant to section 320(k)(7)’.

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    Section 607 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1387) is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘sums’;

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

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

      (4) by adding at the end the following:

      ‘(6) such sums as may be necessary for each fiscal year beginning after September 30, 1994.’.