H.R. 908 (104th): To authorize appropriations for each of fiscal years 1996 through 2000 for the provision of grants for ...

...construction of wastewater treatment works to serve United States colonias and for connecting residents to sewer collection systems an

104th Congress, 1995–1996. Text as of Feb 13, 1995 (Introduced).

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HR 908 IH

104th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 908

To authorize appropriations for each of fiscal years 1996 through 2000 for the provision of grants for construction of wastewater treatment works to serve United States colonias and for connecting residents to sewer collection systems and making any necessary plumbing improvements to enable residences to meet existing county or city code requirements.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 13, 1995

Mr. DE LA GARZA introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To authorize appropriations for each of fiscal years 1996 through 2000 for the provision of grants for construction of wastewater treatment works to serve United States colonias and for connecting residents to sewer collection systems and making any necessary plumbing improvements to enable residences to meet existing county or city code requirements.

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

SECTION 1. PURPOSE.

    The purpose of this Act is to protect the economy, public health, environment, surface water, ground water, and water quality in the United States colonias areas, which are endangered and are being polluted by raw or partially treated sewage, in furtherance of the goals of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

SEC. 2. DEFINITION OF UNITED STATES COLONIA.

    As used in this Act, the term ‘United States colonia’--

      (1) means any identifiable community that--

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

        (B) is in the area of the United States within 100 kilometers of the border between the United States and Mexico;

        (C) is determined to be a colonia on the basis of objective criteria, including lack of potable water supply or lack of adequate sewage systems;

        (D) is in an unincorporated area; and

        (E) was in existence before January 1, 1990; and

      (2) includes a community within a standard metropolitan statistical area that has a population exceeding 1,000,000, but does not include the entire standard metropolitan statistical area.

SEC. 3. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO UNITED STATES COLONIAS.

    The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is authorized to make grants to any State of the United States along the United States-Mexico border, or to any entity designated by the Administrator, for the construction of treatment works to serve United States colonias or for connecting United States colonia residents to sewer collection systems and making any necessary plumbing improvements to enable United States colonia residences to meet existing county or city code requirements.

SEC. 4. APPROVAL OF PLANS.

    Any wastewater treatment works to serve United States colonias for which grants are made under this Act shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the State under appropriate standards required by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The plans shall include construction cost estimates and identify responsible parties and the appropriate allocation of costs associated with operating and maintaining the treatment works.

SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 1996 through 2000.