H. R. 600
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 8, 2013
Mr. Higgins (for himself, Mr. Levin, Mr. Conyers, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Dingell, Ms. Moore, and Mr. Ryan of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide assistance for nutrient removal technologies to States in the Great Lakes System.
This Act may be cited as the
Great Lakes Nutrient Removal
Findings and purposes
Congress finds that—
ineffective wastewater treatment is one of the most common sources of water pollution;
nutrient pollution, particularly phosphorus loading, continues to be one of the most significant water quality issues facing the Great Lakes System;
limiting phosphorus loads is key to controlling excessive algal growth, and a coordinated Great Lakes System-wide strategy to change how nutrients are discharged is urgent; and
nutrient removal technology is one of the most reliable, cost effective, and direct methods for reducing the flow of phosphorus and other harmful nutrients from point sources in the Great Lakes System.
The purposes of this Act are—
to authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to provide financial assistance to Great Lakes States and municipalities for use in upgrading publically owned wastewater treatment plants in the Great Lakes System with nutrient removal technologies; and
to further the goal of restoring the water of the Great Lakes System to conditions that are protective of human health and aquatic life.
Sewage control technology grant program
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Sewage control technology grant program
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall establish a program within the Environmental Protection Agency to provide grants to Great Lakes States, and municipalities thereof, to upgrade eligible facilities with nutrient removal technologies.
In providing a grant under paragraph (1), the Administrator shall—
consult with the Program Office; and
give priority to eligible facilities at which nutrient removal technology upgrades would—
produce the greatest nutrient load reductions at points of discharge;
result in the greatest environmental benefits to the Great Lakes System; and
help meet the objectives related to nutrients outlined in Annex 4 of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
On receipt of an application from a State or municipality for a grant under this section, if the Administrator approves the request, the Administrator shall transfer to the State or municipality the amount of assistance determined necessary by the Administrator, in consultation with the Program Office, to carry out the facility upgrades that are the subject of the application.
An application submitted by a State or municipality under subparagraph (A) shall be in such form and shall include such information as the Administrator may prescribe.
Use of funds
A State or municipality that receives a grant under this section shall use the grant to upgrade eligible facilities with nutrient removal technologies that are designed to reduce total nutrients in discharged wastewater.
The Federal share of the cost of upgrading any eligible facility as described in paragraph (1) using funds provided under this section shall not exceed 55 percent.
The non-Federal share of the costs of upgrading any eligible facility as described in paragraph (1) using funds provided under this section may be provided in the form of funds made available to a State or municipality under—
any provision of this Act other than this section (including funds made available from a State water pollution control revolving fund established under title VI); or
any other Federal or State law.
In this section:
2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
The term 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement means the Great Lakes Water Quality Protocol of 2012, signed at Washington on September 7, 2012 (further amending the Agreement between the United States of America and Canada on Great Lakes Water Quality, 1978, signed at Ottawa on November 22, 1978).
The term eligible facility means a municipal wastewater treatment plant that—
as of the date of enactment of this section, has a permitted design capacity to treat an annual average of at least 500,000 gallons of wastewater per day; and
is located within the Great Lakes System in any of the Great Lakes States.
Great Lakes States; Great Lakes System
The terms Great Lakes States and Great Lakes System have the meanings given those terms in section 118.
The term Program Office means the Great Lakes National Program Office established by section 118(b).
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $100,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2013 through 2017. Such sums shall remain available until expended.
The Administrator may use not to exceed 4 percent of any amount made available under paragraph (1) to pay administrative costs incurred in carrying out this section.