S. 1578 (112th): End Unnecessary Mailers Act of 2011

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Sep 19, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1578

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 19, 2011

(for himself and Mr. Boozman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act with respect to consumer confidence reports by community water systems.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the End Unnecessary Mailers Act of 2011.

2.

Consumer confidence reports by community water systems

(a)

Method of delivering report

Section 1414(c)(4)(A) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300g–3(c)(4)(A)) is amended—

(1)

in the first sentence, by striking The Administrator, in consultation and inserting the following:

(i)

In general

The Administrator, in consultation

;

(2)

in clause (i) (as designated by paragraph (1)), in the first sentence, by striking to mail to each customer and inserting to provide, in accordance with clause (ii) or (iii), as applicable, to each customer; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(ii)

Mailing requirement for violation of maximum contaminant level

If a violation of the maximum contaminant level for any regulated contaminant has occurred during the year concerned, the regulations under clause (i) shall require the applicable community water system to mail a copy of the consumer confidence report to each customer of the system.

(iii)

Mailing requirement absent any violation of maximum contaminant level

(I)

In general

If no violation of the maximum contaminant level for any regulated contaminant has occurred during the year concerned, the regulations under clause (i) shall require the applicable community water system to make the consumer confidence report available by, at the discretion of the community water system—

(aa)

mailing a copy of the consumer confidence report to each customer of the system; or

(bb)

subject to subclause (II), making a copy of the consumer confidence report available on a publicly accessible Internet site of the community water system and by mail, at the request of a customer.

(II)

Requirements

If a community water system elects to provide consumer confidence reports to consumers under subclause (I)(bb), the community water system shall provide to each customer of the community water system, in plain language and in the same manner (such as in printed or electronic form) in which the customer has elected to pay the bill of the customer, notice that—

(aa)

the community water system has remained in compliance with the maximum contaminant level for each regulated contaminant during the year concerned; and

(bb)

a consumer confidence report is available on a publicly accessible Internet site of the community water system and, on request, by mail.

.

(b)

Conforming amendments

Section 1414(c)(4) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300g–3(c)(4)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (C), in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking mailing requirement of subparagraph (A) and inserting mailing requirement of clause (ii) or (iii) of subparagraph (A); and

(2)

in subparagraph (D), in the first sentence of the matter preceding clause (i), by striking mailing requirement of subparagraph (A) and inserting mailing requirement of clause (ii) or (iii) of subparagraph (A).

(c)

Application; administrative actions

(1)

In general

The amendments made by this section take effect on the date that is 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(2)

Regulations

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall promulgate any revised regulations and take any other actions necessary to carry out the amendments made by this section.