S. 396: Sewage Overflow Community Right-to-Know Act

Introduced:
Feb 27, 2013
Status:
Referred to Committee
Prognosis
1% chance of being enacted
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Sponsor
Frank Lautenberg
Senator from New Jersey
Party
Democrat
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Last Updated
Feb 27, 2013
Length
12 pages
Related Bills
S. 3388 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 16, 2012

 
Status

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on February 27, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Progress
Introduced Feb 27, 2013
Referred to Committee Feb 27, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...
Prognosis

4% chance of getting past committee.
1% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

 
Full Title

A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to ensure that sewage treatment plants monitor for and report discharges of raw sewage, and for other purposes.

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Cosponsors
1 cosponsors (1D) (show)
Committees

Senate Environment and Public Works

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Library of Congress Summary

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2/27/2013--Introduced.
Sewage Overflow Community Right-to-Know Act - Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to require owners or operators of publicly owned treatment works to:
(1) institute monitoring systems to provide timely alerts of sewer overflows,
(2) notify the public not later than 24 hours after receiving knowledge of such overflows in areas where human health is potentially affected,
(3) notify public health authorities and other affected entities immediately of an overflow that may imminently and substantially endanger human health,
(4) report each overflow on discharge monitoring reports to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the state, and
(5) annually report to the Administrator or the state on the total number of overflows in a calendar year.
Makes specified exceptions to notification and reporting requirements for backups into single-family residences and for overflows that occur in the course of treatment works maintenance, respectively.
Requires annual summary reports by states to the Administrator.
Requires the Administrator to promulgate regulations, including to establish overflow assessment guidance and develop communications measures to provide notification under this Act.
Makes the monitoring systems eligible for state water pollution control revolving fund assistance.

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