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Text of the Rural Community Wastewater Treatment Affordability Act of 1995

This bill was introduced on January 26, 1995, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 26, 1995 (Introduced).

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HR 692 IH

104th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 692

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide additional assistance to rural and disadvantaged communities under the State water pollution control revolving loan fund program, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 26, 1995

Mr. CHAPMAN (for himself, Mrs. LINCOLN, Mr. MANTON, Mr. FAZIO, Mr. FROST, Mr. CLYBURN, Mr. WILSON, Mr. SKEEN, Mr. ROGERS, Mr. EVANS, and Mr. HEFNER), introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide additional assistance to rural and disadvantaged communities under the State water pollution control revolving loan fund program, and for other purposes.

    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 Wastewater Treatment Affordability Act of 1995’.

SEC. 2. ELIGIBILITY.

    (a) ACQUISITION OF LANDS, EASEMENTS, AND RIGHTS-OF-WAYS- 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 by inserting before ‘(2)’ the following: ‘including acquisition of lands, easements, and rights-of-ways necessary for construction of a treatment works,’.

    (b) RURAL NONPROFIT WATER ASSOCIATION- Section 603(c)(1) of such Act is amended by inserting ‘or any nonprofit corporation, association, or district eligible for assistance to provide wastewater treatment and water supply services to communities under section 306(a)(1) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1926(a)(1))’ after ‘State agency’.

SEC. 3. CAPITALIZATION GRANT AGREEMENTS.

    Section 602(b) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1382(b)) is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘and’ at the end of paragraph (9);

      (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (10) and inserting ‘; and’; and

      (3) by adding at the end the following:

      ‘(11) the State will encourage the use of innovative and cost-effective technologies in the construction of treatment works financed with assistance provided from the fund.’.

SEC. 4. 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) by inserting before the semicolon at the end of subparagraph (A) the following: ‘and such loans are made to rural and disadvantaged communities at or below market interest rates, including interest free loans and negative-interest loans (or the equivalent of negative-interest loans), at terms not to exceed 40 years or the useful life of the project being financed with the proceeds of the loan, whichever is earlier’;

      (2) in subparagraph (B) by inserting after ‘completion’ the following: ‘and, in the case of loans to rural and disadvantaged communities, at terms not to exceed 40 years after completion of the project or the useful life of the project, whichever is earlier’; and

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

        ‘(C) not to exceed 15 percent of all loans made from the water pollution control revolving fund after the date of the enactment of this subparagraph will be used to make negative-interest loans to rural and disadvantaged communities under this paragraph;’.

    (b) PLANNING GRANTS TO DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES- Section 603(d) of such Act is further 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 making grants to rural and disadvantaged communities to pay not to exceed 75 percent of planning and predevelopment costs incurred by such communities with respect to construction or improvement of treatment works without regard to whether or not actual construction of the project is carried out; except that amounts available for making such grants in any fiscal year shall not be less than 1 percent, and shall not exceed 2 percent, of the Federal grant awards to the water pollution control revolving fund in such fiscal year and except that the aggregate amount of such grants with respect to any project shall not exceed $75,000.’.

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

    ‘(i) DEFINITIONS- In this title, the following definitions apply:

      ‘(1) RURAL AND DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES- The term ‘rural and disadvantaged communities’ means a service area of a publicly owned treatment works as defined by the concerned State. Except as otherwise provided by the Administrator, the term shall not include a service area which has a population of 10,000 or more as determined by the latest decennial census of the United States and the residents of which have a median household income of more than 75 percent of the national median household income as determined by such census.

      ‘(2) NEGATIVE INTEREST LOAN- The term ‘negative-interest loan’ means a loan made by a State from its water pollution control revolving fund to a rural and disadvantaged community pursuant to section 603(d)(1) under which the interest rate is zero percent per year and, in addition, the State forgives an amount of the principal of the loan not to exceed 2 percent per year if the maximum total forgiveness of principal does not exceed 20 percent of the principal over the term of the loan.’.

SEC. 5. ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.

    Section 603(d)(7) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1383(d)(7)) is amended by striking ‘except that’ and all that follows through the period and inserting ‘except that in a fiscal year such amounts shall not exceed 4 percent of the total amount of funds deposited into the fund in such fiscal year, including Federal and State funds and repayments of principal and interest on loans made from the fund.’.

SEC. 6. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.

    (a) GRANT PROGRAM- Title VI of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1381-1387) is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘SEC. 608. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM.

    ‘(a) IN GENERAL- The Administrator may make grants to the National Rural Water Association, the Rural Community Assistance Program, and the Small Flows Clearinghouse and any other appropriately qualified organizations as determined by the Administrator to provide training and technical assistance to rural and disadvantaged communities with respect to the planning, construction, and operation of treatment works.

    ‘(b) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $15,000,000 per fiscal year for each of fiscal years 1995 through 1999. Such funds shall remain available until expended.’.

    (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 607 of such Act (33 U.S.C. 1387) is amended by inserting ‘(other than section 608)’ after ‘title’.