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Text of the U.S. Colonias Water Pollution Control Act

This bill was introduced on May 24, 1994, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of May 24, 1994 (Introduced).

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HR 4478 IH

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4478

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (the Clean Water Act) to authorize appropriations in each of fiscal years 1994 through 1998 for the construction of wastewater treatment facilities to serve U.S. Colonias, to provide water pollution control in the vicinity of the international boundary between the United States and Mexico.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 24, 1994

Mr. COPPERSMITH (by request) (for himself, Mr. COLEMAN, Mr. ORTIZ, Mr. PASTOR, and Mr. BRYANT) 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 (the Clean Water Act) to authorize appropriations in each of fiscal years 1994 through 1998 for the construction of wastewater treatment facilities to serve U.S. Colonias, to provide water pollution control in the vicinity of the international boundary between the United States and Mexico.

    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 ‘U.S. Colonias Water Pollution Control Act’.

    SEC. 2. Title II of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C.A. sections 1251, et seq.) is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new section:

‘SEC. 220. ASSISTANCE TO U.S. COLONIAS.

    ‘(a) PURPOSE- The purpose of this section is to protect the economy, public health, environment, surface water, ground water and water quality in the U.S. Colonias areas which are endangered and are being polluted by raw or partially treated sewage, in furtherance of the goals of this Act.

    ‘(b) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO U.S. COLONIAS- The Administrator is authorized to provide financial assistance to any U.S. State along the United States-Mexico border, or to any entity designated by the President for construction of treatment works to serve U.S. Colonias.

    ‘(c) APPROVAL OF PLANS- Any U.S. Colonias wastewater treatment facility for which financial assistance is provided under this Act shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the State under appropriate standards required by the Administrator. Such plans shall include construction cost estimates and identify responsible parties and the appropriate allocation of costs associated with operating and maintaining the treatment works.

    ‘(d) FEDERAL SHARE- The Federal share of construction costs for grants to serve Colonias shall be 50 percent to be matched by an equal amount of State funds from State sources.

    ‘(e) DEFINITION- For purposes of this section, the term ‘U.S. Colonias’ means any identifiable community that--

      ‘(1) is in the State of Arizona, California, New Mexico, or Texas;

      ‘(2) is in the area of the United States within 100 kilometers (62 miles) of the border between the United States and Mexico. U.S. Colonias may include a community within a standard metropolitan statistical area that has a population exceeding 1,000,000, but shall not include the entire such standard metropolitan statistical area; and

      ‘(3) is determined to be a Colonia on the basis of objective criteria including lack of potable water supply or lack of adequate sewage systems.

    ‘(f) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out the purpose of this section $60,000,000 for fiscal year 1994 and $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1995 through 1998.’.