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H.R. 1410 (115th): Nogales Wastewater Fairness Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 7, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1410

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 7, 2017

(for herself and Mr. Grijalva) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To establish responsibility for the International Outfall Interceptor.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Nogales Wastewater Fairness Act.

2.

International outfall interceptor repair, operations, and maintenance

(a)

Definition

In this section:

(1)

Agreement

The term Agreement means the memorandum of agreement between the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission and the City of Nogales, Arizona, dated January 20, 2006.

(2)

City

The term City means the City of Nogales, Arizona.

(3)

Nogales sanitation project

The term Nogales sanitation project means the project owned by the City and the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission and includes—

(A)

the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI) and the trunkline; and

(B)

the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant (NIWTP).

(b)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that, pursuant to the Act of July 27, 1953 (22 U.S.C. 277d–10 et seq.), and notwithstanding the Agreement, an equitable proportion of the costs of operation and maintenance of the Nogales sanitation project to be contributed by the City should be based on the average daily volume of wastewater originating from the City.

(c)

Capital costs excluded

Pursuant to the Agreement and the Act of July 27, 1953 (22 U.S.C. 277d–10 et seq.), the City shall have no obligation to contribute to any capital costs of repairing or upgrading the Nogales sanitation project.

(d)

Overcharges

Notwithstanding the Agreement, the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission shall not charge the City after the date of enactment of this Act for operations and maintenance costs in excess of an equitable proportion of the costs, as described in subsection (b).