H.R. 6249 (112th): Water Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2012

Introduced:
Aug 01, 2012 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
Sponsor
Earl Blumenauer
Representative for Oregon's 3rd congressional district
Party
Democrat
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Last Updated
Aug 01, 2012
Length
54 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 3202 (111th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 14, 2009

 
Status

This bill was introduced on August 1, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Aug 01, 2012
Referred to Committee Aug 01, 2012
 
Full Title

To establish a Water Protection and Reinvestment Fund to support investments in clean water infrastructure, and for other purposes.

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Cosponsors
8 cosponsors (8R) (show)
Committees

House Science, Space, and Technology

Energy

House Transportation and Infrastructure

Water Resources and Environment

House Ways and Means

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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.


8/1/2012--Introduced.
Water Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2012 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to establish the Water Protection and Reinvestment Trust Fund to support investments in clean water infrastructure. Imposes through 2019 an excise tax on the sale of containers of water-based beverages, water disposal products, and pharmaceutical products and appropriates revenues raised from such taxes to the Trust Fund.
Requires the Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to study and report on potential funding mechanisms and revenue sources for a clean water trust fund.
Directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allocate amounts from the Trust Fund for specified clean water programs, specified grants under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act), and other specified activities under this Act.
Amends the Clean Water Act to: (1) expand the types of projects eligible for funding by state revolving loan funds; and (2) set forth additional criteria for states in developing priorities for assistance under such Act.
Authorizes the Administrator to use Trust Fund amounts: (1) to make grants to ensure the adequate supply of certified wastewater treatment operators, (2) to award scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study by persons who plan to enter an occupation involving the operation and maintenance of treatment works, and (3) for sewer overflow control grants.
Requires the Administrator to:
(1) establish a national water infrastructure research, development, and demonstration program to develop, demonstrate, and transfer innovative or improved technologies and methods for the treatment, control, transport, and reuse of wastewater;
(2) make grants to nonprofit institutions of higher learning to establish and operate one university water research center in each of such 21 hydro-regions and designate one of such centers as the National Water Research Center;
(3) enter an arrangement for a National Academy of Sciences study of the means by which public water systems meet the costs associated with operations, maintenance, capital replacement, and regulatory requirements; and
(4) establish a program of grants to local and state entities to reduce discharges of harmful pollutants into navigable waters through programs to take back prescription and over-the-counter drugs from the public and dispose of them in an environmentally sound manner.
Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to: (1) establish an education program to inform the public about clean water benefits associated with taxes paid to the Trust Fund, and (2) carry out an innovative financing program to make financial assistance available for projects eligible for funding under water pollution control revolving loan funds.

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