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Text of the U.S.-Mexico Border 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 4479 IH

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4479

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act) to authorize appropriations in each of fiscal years 1994-2001 for the construction of wastewater treatment works to provide water pollution control in or near the United States-Mexico border area.

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 (Clean Water Act) to authorize appropriations in each of fiscal years 1994-2001 for the construction of wastewater treatment works to provide water pollution control in or near the United States-Mexico border area.

    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.-Mexico Border Water Pollution Control Act’.

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

    ‘SEC. 520. (a) PURPOSE- The purpose of this section is to protect the economy, public health, environment, surface water, ground water, and water quality of the U.S.-Mexico border area which is endangered and is being polluted by raw or partially treated sewage, in furtherance of the goals of the Agreement Between The Government Of The United States Of America And The Government Of The United Mexican States Concerning The Establishment Of A Border Environment Cooperation Commission And A North American Development Bank (Signed November 16 and 18, 1993), and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.). This section shall not be construed so as to affect or impair the provisions of any international agreement of the United States. Nor shall it be construed so as to affect or impair any Federal legislation applicable to the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, the North American Development Bank, or the International Boundary and Water Commission, the United States and Mexico.

    ‘(b) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT WORKS- The Administrator is authorized to provide financial and other assistance to the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, any appropriate Federal, State or local governmental entity, and the International Boundary and Water Commission, the United States and Mexico, subject to such terms and conditions as the Administrator deems appropriate, for planning, design, and construction of wastewater treatment works for the purposes specified in section (a). Such wastewater treatment works shall be located, regardless of the place of origin or ultimate destination of the wastewater, in the U.S.-Mexico border area (or near the U.S.-Mexico border areas they would remedy a transboundary environmental or health problem) and shall be planned, designed, and constructed in accordance with any applicable international agreement to which the United States is a party.

    ‘(c) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out the purposes of this Act $20,000,000 for fiscal year 1994, $47,500,000 for fiscal year 1995, $100,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1996 through 2000, and $22,000,000 for fiscal year 2001.’.

    SEC. 3. Section 502 of the Clean Water Act is amended by adding the following new subsection:

    ‘(20) The term ‘border area’ has the meaning such term has under Article 4 of the Agreement Between The United States Of America And The United Mexican States On Cooperation For The Protection And Improvement Of The Environment In The Border Area (Signed August 14, 1993, commonly known as the ‘La Paz Agreement’).’.