Summary: H.R.5294 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/28/1992)

Environmental Infrastructure Assistance Act - Directs the Secretary of the Army to establish an Office of Community Environmental Infrastructure Assistance within the Directorate of Civil Works of the Office of the Chief of Engineers.

Requires the Office to: (1) manage projects pursuant to this Act; and (2) provide information and guidance to communities in economically distressed areas with respect to eligible projects, economic and organizational issues, and construction, operation, and rehabilitation of environmental infrastructure facilities.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) establish an environmental infrastructure assistance program to be administered through the Office; and (2) use funds under this Act for the construction of wastewater treatment works, public water systems, and solid waste management facilities. Provides that funds shall be available only for publicly-owned environmental infrastructure projects serving fewer than 25,000 persons that are located in economically distressed areas.

Authorizes State Governors to submit State priority project plans to the Secretary. Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to submit priority project plans for eligible projects on Indian reservations.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) submit annual economically distressed areas environmental infrastructure assistance plans to the Congress; (2) enter into local cooperation agreements to provide for the planning, design, and construction of environmental infrastructure projects; and (3) assure that such agreements are executed for a project from each State submitting a priority project plan.

Requires the Administrator to publish guidelines for the design of wastewater treatment, public water supply, and solid waste disposal facilities pursuant to this Act. Provides for the review and revision of such guidelines at least every five years.

Authorizes appropriations. Reserves at least 15 and five percent of such funds, respectively, for colonias and Indian reservations.