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H.R. 1653 (115th): Drinking Water Affordability Act


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 21, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1653

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 21, 2017

(for himself and Mr. McKinley) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend certain provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Drinking Water Affordability Act.

2.

Amendments to Safe Drinking Water Act

(a)

National drinking water regulations

Section 1412(b)(9) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300g–1(b)(9)) is amended by striking the last sentence and inserting Any revision of a national primary drinking water regulation shall be promulgated in accordance with this section, including paragraphs (3) through (6) of this subsection.

(b)

Enforcement of drinking water regulations

Section 1414(h)(1)(C) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300g–3(h)(1)(C)) is amended by inserting or management after the transfer of ownership.

(c)

State revolving loan funds

(1)

Assistance for disadvantaged communities

Section 1452(d)(2) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–12(d)(2)) is amended by striking 30 and inserting 35.

(2)

Types of assistance

Section 1452(f)(1) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–12(f)(1)) is amended—

(A)

by redesignating subparagraphs (C) and (D) as subparagraphs (D) and (E), respectively;

(B)

by inserting after subparagraph (B) the following new subparagraph:

(C)

each loan will be fully amortized not later than 30 years after the completion of the project, except that in the case of a disadvantaged community (as defined in subsection (d)(3)) a State may provide an extended term for a loan, if the extended term—

(i)

terminates not later than the date that is 40 years after the date of project completion; and

(ii)

does not exceed the expected design life of the project;

; and

(C)

in subparagraph (B), by striking 1 year after completion of the project for which the loan was made and all that follows through design life of the project; and inserting 18 months after completion of the project for which the loan was made;.

(3)

Other authorized activities

Section 1452(k)(1)(C) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j–12(k)(1)(C)) is amended by striking for fiscal years 1996 and 1997 and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting for fiscal years 2018 through 2024 to delineate, assess, update assessments, and undertake implementation activities with respect to source water protection areas in accordance with the requirements of a program approved under section 1453, excluding any activity required to be conducted under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.)..

(d)

Exemption from Federal cross-Cutting requirements

Part E of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

1459C.

Exemption from Federal cross-cutting requirements

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Administrator shall exempt a public water system that receives financial assistance pursuant to section 1452 from a Federal cross-cutting requirement if the Administrator determines that the State in which the public water system is located has in effect a requirement which is not less stringent than the Federal cross-cutting requirement.

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(e)

Definition of Federal cross-Cutting requirement

Section 1401 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300f) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(17)

Federal cross-cutting requirement

The term Federal cross-cutting requirement means a requirement of a Federal law or regulation, compliance with which is a condition on receipt of a loan or grant under this title, that, if applied to projects and activities receiving such financial assistance, would be redundant with a requirement of an applicable State or local law.

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3.

Reports

(a)

State loan fund administration and application process

(1)

Review

The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall conduct a review on best practices for—

(A)

streamlining the application process for public water systems to receive loans or loan guarantees from a State drinking water treatment revolving loan fund; and

(B)

efficient administration of State drinking water treatment revolving loan funds.

(2)

Report

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall submit to Congress, and make available to States, a report on the review conducted under paragraph (1), including any recommendations.

(b)

GAO Report

Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall prepare and submit to Congress a report containing—

(1)

the results of a study of cost-effective and economically feasible rehabilitation or replacement of drinking water infrastructure to meet the goals of the Safe Drinking Water Act; and

(2)

an assessment of barriers that preclude communities from using materials and technologies studied pursuant to paragraph (1).