H.R.668 - Clean Water Infrastructure Financing Act of 2001107th Congress (2001-2002)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Kelly, Sue W. [R-NY-19] (Introduced 02/14/2001)|
|Committees:||House - Transportation and Infrastructure|
|Latest Action:||House - 02/15/2001 Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (02/14/2001)
[Congressional Bills 107th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 668 Introduced in House (IH)] 107th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 668 To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to authorize appropriations for State water pollution control revolving funds, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 14, 2001 Mrs. Kelly (for herself, Mrs. Tauscher, Mr. Filner, Mrs. Johnson of Connecticut, Mr. Neal of Massachusetts, Mr. Sweeney, Mrs. Roukema, Mr. Capuano, Mr. LaHood, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Gilman, Mr. Weller, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Larsen of Washington, Mr. Tierney, and Mrs. Thurman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to authorize appropriations for State water pollution control revolving funds, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; AMENDMENT OF FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT. (a) In General.--This Act may be cited as the ``Clean Water Infrastructure Financing Act of 2001''. (b) Amendment of Federal Water Pollution Control Act.--Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this Act an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251-1387). SEC. 2. GENERAL AUTHORITY FOR CAPITALIZATION GRANTS. Section 601(a) (33 U.S.C. 1381(a)) is amended by striking ``(1) for construction'' and all that follows through the period and inserting ``to accomplish the purposes of this Act.''. SEC. 3. CAPITALIZATION GRANTS AGREEMENTS. (a) Requirements for Construction of Treatment Works.--Section 602(b)(6) (33 U.S.C. 1382(b)(6)) is amended-- (1) by striking ``before fiscal year 1995''; and (2) by striking ``201(b)'' and all that follows through ``218'' and inserting ``211''. (b) Guidance for Small Systems.--Section 602 (33 U.S.C. 1382) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(c) Guidance for Small Systems.-- ``(1) Simplified procedures.--Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this subsection, the Administrator shall assist the States in establishing simplified procedures for small systems to obtain assistance under this title. ``(2) Publication of manual.--Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this subsection, and after providing notice and opportunity for public comment, the Administrator shall publish a manual to assist small systems in obtaining assistance under this title and publish in the Federal Register notice of the availability of the manual. ``(3) Small system defined.--For purposes of this title, the term `small system' means a system for which a municipality or intermunicipal, interstate, or State agency seeks assistance under this title and which serves a population of 20,000 or less.''. SEC. 4. WATER POLLUTION CONTROL REVOLVING FUNDS. (a) Activities Eligible for Assistance.--Section 603(c) (33 U.S.C. 1383(c)) is amended to read as follows: ``(c) Activities Eligible for Assistance.-- ``(1) In general.--The amounts of funds available to each State water pollution control revolving fund shall be used only for providing financial assistance to activities which have as a principal benefit the improvement or protection of water quality of navigable waters to a municipality, intermunicipal agency, interstate agency, State agency, or other person. Such activities may include the following: ``(A) Construction of a publicly owned treatment works. ``(B) Implementation of lake protection programs and projects under section 314. ``(C) Implementation of a management program under section 319. ``(D) Implementation of a conservation and management plan under section 320. ``(E) Restoration or protection of publicly or privately owned riparian areas, including acquisition of property rights. ``(F) Implementation of measures to improve the efficiency of public water use. ``(G) Development and implementation of plans by a public recipient to prevent water pollution. ``(H) Acquisition of lands necessary to meet any mitigation requirements related to construction of a publicly owned treatment works. ``(2) Fund amounts.--The water pollution control revolving fund of a State shall be established, maintained, and credited with repayments, and the fund balance shall be available in perpetuity for providing financial assistance described in paragraph (1). Fees charged by a State to recipients of such assistance may be deposited in the fund for the sole purpose of financing the cost of administration of this title.''. (b) Extended Repayment Period for Financially Distressed Communities.--Section 603(d)(1) (33 U.S.C. 1383(d)(1)) is amended-- (1) in subparagraph (A) by inserting after ``20 years'' the following: ``or, in the case of a financially distressed community, the lesser of 40 years or the expected life of the project to be financed with the proceeds of the loan''; and (2) in subparagraph (B) by striking ``not later than 20 years after project completion'' and inserting ``upon the expiration of the term of the loan''. (c) Loan Guarantees.--Section 603(d)(5) (33 U.S.C. 1383(d)(5)) is amended to read as follows: ``(5) to provide loan guarantees for-- ``(A) similar revolving funds established by municipalities or intermunicipal agencies; and ``(B) developing and implementing innovative technologies.''. (d) Administrative Expenses.--Section 603(d)(7) (33 U.S.C. 1383(d)(7)) is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: ``or $400,000 per year or \1/2\ percent per year of the current valuation of such fund, whichever is greater, plus the amount of any fees collected by the State for such purpose under subsection (c)(2)''. (e) Technical and Planning Assistance for Small Systems.--Section 603(d) (33 U.S.C. 1383(d)) is amended-- (1) by striking ``and'' at the end of paragraph (6); (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (7) and inserting ``; and''; and (3) by adding at the end the following: ``(8) to provide to small systems technical and planning assistance and assistance in financial management, user fee analysis, budgeting, capital improvement planning, facility operation and maintenance, repair schedules, and other activities to improve wastewater treatment plant operations; except that such amounts shall not exceed 2 percent of all grant awards to such fund under this title.''. (f) Consistency With Planning Requirements.--Section 603(f) (33 U.S.C. 1383(f)) is amended by striking ``is consistent'' and inserting ``is not inconsistent''. (g) Construction Assistance.--Section 603(g) (33 U.S.C. 1383(g)) is amended to read as follows: ``(g) Construction Assistance.-- ``(1) Priority list requirement.--The State may provide financial assistance from its water pollution control revolving fund with respect to a project for construction of a publicly owned treatment works only if such project is on the State's priority list under section 216 of this Act without regard to the rank of such project on the State's priority list. ``(2) Eligibility of certain treatment works.--A treatment works shall be treated as a publicly owned treatment works for purposes of subsection (c) if the treatment works, without regard to ownership, would be considered a publicly owned treatment works and is principally treating municipal waste water or domestic sewage.''. (h) Principal Subsidization.--Section 603 is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(i) Principal Subsidization.--In any case in which a State makes a loan pursuant to subsection (d)(1) to a financially distressed community, the State may provide additional subsidization, including forgiveness of principal. The total amount of loan subsidies made by a State under this subsection in a fiscal year may not exceed 30 percent of the amount of the capitalization grant received by the State in such fiscal year. ``(j) Financially Distressed Community Defined.--In this section, the term `financially distressed community' means any community that meets affordability criteria established by the State in which the treatment works is located, if such criteria are developed after public review and comment. ``(k) Information To Assist States.--The Administrator may publish information to assist States in establishing affordability criteria under subsection (j). ``(l) Priority.--A State may give priority to a financially distressed community in making loans from its water pollution control revolving fund.''. SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. Section 607 (33 U.S.C. 1387) is amended by striking ``the following sums:'' and all that follows through the period at the end of paragraph (5) and inserting ``$3,000,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2002 through 2006.''. <all>